Baring any last minute hitches, the elective congress of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) election will today hold in the ancient city of Katsina with four candidates seeking to become the next president of the crisis-hit NFF.
The four candidates seeking to take charge of the running of Nigeria’s football for the next four years are incumbent Amaju Pinnick, former president, Aminu Maigari, Taiwo Ogunjobi and Chinedu Okoye.
Although there were fears in some quarters that the National Association of Nigerian Footballers (NANF) had attempted to stop the elections from holding,even as Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Solomon Dalung had branded the electoral gathering as ‘illegal’.
However, football world governing body, FIFA and Confederation of African Football, (CAF) have given their approval to the electoral process by sending their observers to the elections.
Meanwhile, the leading candidate, Aminu Maigari has faulted the ‘provisional clearance’ handed him by the electoral committee after his eligibility was called to question by a spate of petitions.
Reacting to the decision of the NFF Electoral Committee, Maigari said the decisions of the committee were misguided.
The Electoral Committee, which was put in place by the NFF Congress at the 2017 Annual General Assembly in Jos, Plateau State and is headed by Barrister Muhammed Sani Katu, revealed in a statement signed by Katu on yesterday that it resolved to substitute the earlier approval given to Maigari to contest with a provisional clearance.
The statement said that the committee reached its decision based on two petitions written against Maigari by Chuma Onye and Ahmed Shuaibu dated September 14 and September 17, respectively.
The committee further disclosed that the petitions were written against Maigari for certificate forgery and submission same for the purpose of the screening conducted by the electoral committee.
“During the screening exercise, the electoral committee discovered the discrepancies in the certificate presented by Maigari who is vying for the post of president of the NFF.
“However, the committee couldn’t reach a unanimous decision on whether to disqualify him or not, hence the need to resort to voting.
“During the voting, three out of five members of the electoral committee voted in favour of him being cleared and allowed to participate in the election.”
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