August 24, 2014 – The General Assembly of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) will meet in Abuja on Tuesday, 26th August, 2014 to draw up a new roadmap leading to the conduct of elections into the NFF Executive Committee, it was agreed on Sunday evening.
Earlier scheduled for Warri, Delta State, the gathering will now be in Abuja and the session is expected to commence at 4pm, with Chairmen and Secretaries of the Football Associations of the 36 States and the FCT, as well as Chairmen and Secretaries of the various Leagues, Coaches Association, Referees Association and Players’ Union expected in attendance.
NFF General Secretary, Barrister Musa Amadu disclosed that a three –hour meeting at the Office of Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Distinguished Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, GCON resolved that the NFF Congress fashion out a roadmap that will usher in open, transparent and credible elections that will be acceptable to world football –governing body, FIFA and world football community at large.
“It has been agreed that the Congress take place in Abuja instead of Warri, but there will be no elections on Tuesday, 26th August. The Congress will only fashion out a roadmap for the elections, with the elective Congress expected to come up not later than two weeks after the Congress of Tuesday, 26th August,” Amadu said as he came out of the meeting.
Amadu expressed the NFF’s heartfelt appreciation to Distinguished Senator Anyim, GCON and the Honourable Minister/Chairman, National Sports Commission, Dr. Tammy Danagogo for the remarkable agreement that brings to an end weeks of crisis in Nigeria football.
Also present at the meeting were NFF President, Alhaji Aminu Maigari, NFF 1st Vice President Chief Mike Umeh, NFF Executive Committee members Shehu Adamu, Dilichukwu Onyedinma, Ayodeji Tinubu, Ahmad Muazu Kawu, Yusuf Ahmed ‘Fresh’ and Chris Green, State FA Chairmen Amanze Uchegbulam (Imo), Taiwo Ogunjobi (Osun), Abel Ehigie (Edo), Lucky Gospel Ewa (Bayelsa), Obinna Ogba (Ebonyi), as well as Mr. Shehu Dikko and Mr. Jarrett Tenebe.
In a letter dated August 21, addressed to NFF President, Alhaji Aminu Maigari and signed by Deputy Secretary General, Markus Kattner, FIFA had approved of the proposal for the General Assembly to work out a new roadmap and also decide on the composition of the Electoral Committee and the Electoral Appeals Committee.
“We take note of the decision of the NFF Executive Committee to ask the members of the upcoming congress on 26 August 2014 to consider a new roadmap for the elections, which should be held by no later than two weeks after the congress. We also understand from your correspondence that the members of the congress will also decide on the composition of the electoral committees whose legitimacy had been put in doubt by some members.
“The congress being the highest decision making body of any football association, we approve of the above plan, and as previously stated, we are supportive of an electoral process that is free and open to everybody, thereby fulfilling the requirements of the NFF regulations.”