Factional NFF President, Giwa, warns against parallel election

Aminu Maigari

The factional President of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, Chris Giwa, has warned against convening another election saying he was duly elected as the president of the federation.

The NFF has been enmeshed in crisis leading to two different factions with Aminu Maigairi leading a faction.

Mr. Maigari’s faction is to hold an elective congress in Abuja on Thursday.

Reacting to this, Mr.Giwa said “It has come to the notice of the Nigeria Football Federation that some persons are spreading information to the effect that there is a Congress of NFF taking place on Thursday, 4th September, 2014. This is absolutely untrue,” Giwa was quoted as saying in a statement signed by NFF spokesman Ademola Olajire.

“If there would be any NFF Congress of any nature, the notice for such would come from the NFF Secretariat. I am aware the NFF Secretariat has not issued such notice.”

Mr. Giwa also dismissed part of the report which said that officials from world football –governing body FIFA and the Confederation of African Football, CAF, would be in Nigeria to witness the elective Congress.

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“There are no persons coming from FIFA or CAF, and there is no elective Congress because the elections have already been conducted,”
he said.

“This is to advise all the chairmen and secretaries of the State Football Associations and those of NFF’s affiliate bodies to disregard
the notice.

“We also urge the general public not to go anywhere near the venue of the gathering.”

The owner of Giwa FC and others who claim to have been elected into the NFF executive committee on Tuesday had refused to vacate the
office despite FIFA letter addressed to them last Friday.

Mr. Maigari led faction of the NFF had on Wednesday cleared seven candidates to contest the presidency while three got the green light
to vie for the position of First Vice President, in an election scheduled for tomorrow in Abuja.

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