NFF Presidency: FIFA gives Nigeria new deadline to resolve crisis

Chris Giwa

The world football governing body, FIFA, has given Nigeria a fresh September 8 deadline to resolve all issues around electing new executives for the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF.

FIFA, on its official website, stated that a fresh letter was on Wednesday sent to NFF intimating the Federation that Nigeria will be suspended with immediate effect should there still be persons claiming to have been elected to NFF positions on 26 August 2014 and occupying their offices on Monday, 8 September 2014 at 08.00 (Central European Time).

FIFA explained the decision not to recognise the purported polls held on August 26 in Abuja.

It said that though the general assembly was duly convened by the NFF Executive Committee to adopt a new roadmap leading to the NFF elections, some members proceeded to hold elections in the absence of the NFF President, who was being held by security forces for questioning.

FIFA’s on its website stated – “In a letter sent on 29 August 2014, FIFA confirmed that it would not recognise the results of the aforementioned elections and that the matter would be brought to the respective FIFA bodies should there still be persons claiming to have been elected and occupying the NFF offices at midnight on 1 September 2014. On expiry of the deadline, some people were still claiming to have been elected and were occupying the NFF premises.

“Given the current circumstances, the FIFA Emergency has decided to set a new deadline of 8 September 2014 at 08.00 CET. Should the new deadline not be respected, the NFF will be automatically suspended until the board claiming to be elected vacates the premises of the NFF and the NFF General Secretary is able to perform his work without interference. The NFF Executive Committee as it was composed on 25 August 2014, meaning under the presidency of Aminu Maigari, should then convene as soon as possible a first extraordinary general assembly to elect the members of the electoral committee and a second extraordinary general assembly in the shortest time possible allowed by law in order to proceed with the elections of new NFF office-bearers.”

The first deadline was September 1.


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