Former chairman of Gombe State Football Association and renowned sports critic, Ahmed Gara Gombe has said that no court order by interest groups or individuals would stop the planned elections into the executive committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) from holding in Katsina, tomorrow.
Gara, who spoke against the background of the lingering crisis rocking the football body since 2014, said as far as the elections were properly conducted by the congress of the NFF and endorsed by the world soccer governing body (FIFA) and Confederation of African Football (CAF), there is nothing anybody or group can do about it.
He noted that since Nigeria had surrendered its sovereignty to FIFA by subjecting the country’s laws to the statutes of the soccer governing body but failed to domesticate it, the crisis in football would continue unabated.
Despite acknowledging that personal interests had caused the prolonged leadership tussle to continue unabated in NFF, Gara believes the crisis would have long been resolved if not for trust issues in the leadership of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports.
“No court order would stop the election from holding on Thursday in Katsina.The elections is properly convened by authorities involved, which is the congress of Nigeria’s football. Also, the owners of football, FIFA and continental body, CAF have endorsed it and have sent observers to observe the elections. So, there is nothing anybody or group would do about it than to accept the outcome of the elections.
“I don’t think there is any court order restraining NFF from holding the elections. The only order I am aware of is the Supreme Court’s ruling which has been subjected to different interpretations by legal experts. Also vice president, Prof Yemi Osibanjo and AGF, Abubakar Malami, who are both Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN), have also made their opinion known on the matter and said the stakeholders should obey FIFA’s statutes”.
Meanwhile, chairman of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) for the 2018 NFF Elective Congress, Alhaji Aminu Balele Kurfi has assured of a hitch-free elections.
Speaking to LEADERSHIP Sports, he said his committee had put everything in place and also secured the cooperation of security agencies for the successful conduct of elections.
Kurfi, who is also SSA on Sports to Governor Aminu Bello Masari,urged all contestants not to entertain fears as a conducive environment has been created for all to attend and canvass for votes during the elections without harassment.
Kurfi, who is also SSA on Sports to Governor Aminu Bello Masari, He urged all contestants not to entertain fears as a conducive environment has been created for all to attend and canvass for votes during the elections without harassment.
“Everything needed for the smooth conduct of the elections have been put in place. We have secured the cooperation of security agencies in Katsina for all stakeholders coming to Katsina for the elections. We are ready to protect everybody including aspirants, journalists, observers and electoral officials.
“Governor Aminu Bello Masari is happy to host such a historic occasion. So, I enjoin all to come and be part of what is going to be the fair and freest and elections in NFF history.”
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