NFF Elections to hold Sept 25

Thursday 4 September 2014

/ by Colin Udoh

Aminu Maigari, second right has assured that elections will hold Sept 25

NFF President Aminu Maigari has appealed for calm and assured Nigerians that normalcy will soon return to the nation's football administration and stave off the hanging threat of suspension from FIFA. 
He also assured the football community and the general public that elections into the Executive Committee of the NFF will hold before September 25 after an Extra Ordinary Congress scheduled for September 18.

The NFF President also dismissed insinuations of crisis in the nation's football administration, pointing out that only five persons have been trying to cause confusion within the ranks. 

"It is important that we remain calm and don't take action or make comments that will aggravate the situation. We are very positive that those who may have inadvertently caused us to incur the threat of suspension from FIFA will retrace their steps and save Nigeria the trauma experienced these past months", noted the NFF President who addressed over 41 Delegates and Board members earlier in the day.

FIFA had in a letter of September 4 and signed by the Secretary General, Jerome Valcke directed Chris Giwa and others purporting to have been elected to theNFF Board to vacate the offices by 7am Nigerian time on Monday, September 8 or the country will be automatically suspended from all organized football activities.

On the elections which FIFA directed should be held, Maigari said "we are going to hold the election before September 25 and the Extra-Ordinary Congress will hold to ratify the roadmap as requested by FIFA".

Giwa, the proprietor of Premier League side, Giwa FC and five others have been occupying offices of the NFF Board, insisting that they were elected at a supposed Congress held on August 26.

According to the NFF boss, " it is gratifying to note that we have consistently worked in consonance with the NFF, CAF and FIFA Statutes and we will not deviate from that path but urge those who have taken wrong steps to retrace and they will be accommodated".

 Maigari said he is reaching out to constituted authorities to rein in the recalcitrant few.

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