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.

“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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  • mo

    Good point!

  • Nora

    I hereby second your view

  • Omo Akin

    The APC will continue to have a spokesperson. There is the Ministry of Information and there are a host of Federal information outfits that require competent hands to restructure and reposition to better serve Nigerians. All these people you mentioned are needed to play these roles.If you condemn the NUJ and NGE as none-entity, are we then to import a spokesperson for the president? Adesina won a re-election amongst his peers, that shows that they have confidence in him. As a spokesperson for the president, he will be dealing with these editors, his peers and that makes the job easier.
    What is the specific ethic infraction that Adesina committed by publishing the advertisement? The case is different from AIT that refused to disclose the sponsors of it advert and dcoumentaries.

    • Simon T

      I think it was unethical to publish the adverts because a responsible journalist will cross-check facts before publishing. It wont look good on the newspaper if they are known for publishing lies.

  • the_adviser

    Jafaar J should note adverts are main stay of newspapers. No paper can afford to reject an advert on the ground of emotion or political affiliation. Money is needed to run newspapers. Buhari is smart by appointing him.

    • concerned9ja

      No sir. I agree adverts are needed for newspapers, they should not be the mainstay. In those years of newspapers, circulation was the mainstay and they should still be these days. In saner climes anyway, circulation determines advert rates and not who you know as in Nigeria. A question for you sir. Would you say because adverts are the mainstay as you argued, published a libelous one that can liquidate your paper at the end of the day?
      Adesina had no excuse to publish that advert, but then that was the Jonathanian era, an era that we would shudder to forget.
      Appointing Adesina is no smartness at all, in fact it may be a pointer to the kind of appointments coming on in the Buhari era.

  • Umar Dendi

    You are 100% right. The man is a crazy Racist and Tribalist.
    He is morally bankrupt.
    People like that deserve no place in the new government.

  • Ade

    “People like Dele Alake and Dele Momodu played a good role in the Buhari project. It is also not bad if you give Lai Mohammed the position. It is a cabinet position, after all.”

    People that you mention jumped into Buhari project because their master(pay master) did. What you should know is Femi Adesina pay master(sun/Orji) supports GEJ, could have fired him, if he wants to.

    Buhari can appoints whoever, at the end of 4 years he will be held responsible for his rule.

  • SamPsalm

    Seconded. He is a bad choice for a government that wants to be seen as committed to high ethical and policy standards so as to tackle endemic corruption. Femi Adesina has for several years now devoted himself to a sensational tabloid which objectifies women through their Sun-Girl and spins news regularly to suit the political temperament of the publishers and the region which the papers represents. Even his ridiculous tone-down explanation of the unethical adverts against Buhari shows a man who can be compromised with something as little as a threat to take away his present job. Me-thinks the very poor state of Nigeria’s journalistic circuit (especially the print circuit), and the performance of the past 2 holders of the office who were all journalists (under Yar’ Adua and Jonathan) should have recommended giving the role to a non-journalist so that its practitioners can go do a soul-searching. I would have recommended a young policy wonk, a public policy strategist or even somebody from one of the relatively credible broadcast organisations

  • Usman

    Agreed, I hope it remains as speculation

  • GbemigaO

    Correct ! Brown paper journalsit although those you recommended are also useless