Sham Congress Elects Giwa NFF President

Maigari arrested, Amadu walks out of factional congress

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Chris Giwa

The crisis rocking the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) took another dimension yesterday in Abuja as those bent on foistering Chairman of Glo League side, Giwa FC of Jos , Chris Giwa, as head of the Nigerian federation conducted a sham election in clear violation of FIFA directive, to elect him president of the NFF.

Also in total disregard to the peace accord brokered by Secretary to the Federal Government, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, on Sunday night for yesterday’s General Assembly of the NFF not to be an elective one, the faction propped by the Minister of Sports and Chairman of the National Sports Commission, Tammy Danagogo, went ahead to conduct election with the dissenting members of the Maigari executive and a hand full state FA chairmen.

Giwa was sworn in last night after he defeated Mike Umeh by 27 votes to 2 at the Chida Hotel Abuja. Obinna Ogba was voted the Vice President while Effiong Johnson emerged the Chairman of Chairmen while Yahaya Adama, (North Central), Sani  Mohammed (North East), Muazu Suleiman and Sharif Inuwa from North West, Felix Anyasi- Agwu (South East) and Felix Obuah South-south were also elected to the board as members.

Others include; Deji Tinubu, and Otunba Sunday (South West) and Adamu Farok Yarma.
But the NFF Secretary General, Musa Amadu, who was detained for five hours earlier by the State Security Service before he was left to join the congress at Chida Hotel, stormed out the meeting in anger after the sports minster left, insisting that the election was not right as it was not on the Annual General Meeting (AGM) agenda.

“I cannot sit down there and watch them do this. They wanted to change the agenda of the AGM by doing the election immediately. The election is not in the agenda,” Amadu said in rage.

Amadu was quizzed along with Maigari earlier in the day before he joined the second factional congress as an observer.
Giwa was elected without the presence of FIFA observer as the international football governing body had last week agreed with the board that a new date should be announced for the election.

Curiously, after Maigari, 26 state FA chairmen and 13 other members of the approved congress loyal to him left the DSS secretariat, they were lumped inside a bus packed beside a major roadside in Maitama, Abuja and held their own congress, resolving to hold the board election in Calabar on September 4.

They also dissolved the Electoral and Appeals Committee headed by Amoni Biambo and appointed a new seven-member electoral committee headed by Sampson Ebomhe.

The new committee has as members, M.T Ahmed, Olumide Oluyemi, Adamu Sani Osmond, Sadiq Yusuf Zaria, Chimdi Ojiohu, Rev. Onyeaghala Obioma and Amadu is the secretary.

The Maigari Congress drew up a new road-map for the NFF election.
It asked the new electoral committee to immediately commence its work by taking custody of all election materials, reassess all previously cleared candidates, open the sale of nomination forms to all interested candidates, screen all new candidates and ensure that the election is incompliance with NFF Statutes 2010, Electoral code and the guidelines for the NFF board election for 2014.

The resolution taken at that meeting has since been faxed to FIFA as a binding agreement of the congress.

Vice President of the NFF, Mike Umeh, Felix Anyasi-Agwu, Yusuf Ahmed Fresh and Muazu Suleiman who were voted into the Giwa led board earlier in the day, apologised for participating in the election. They all chorused that they never asked to be voted for and so were not accepting the positions.

Umeh in particular said what happened at the congress in Chida Hotel was unbelievable and that as someone in tune with FIFA statutes, it was nothing but a sham.

The sports minister who addressed the other faction that held a parallel congress, accused Maigari of presiding over a meeting where the resolution to dissolve the electoral committee was taken.

The minister said Maigari violated the roadmap to peace agreement brokered on Sunday, where Maigari said he would resign and not contest the election to the executive committee.

“At a point, he (Maigari) agreed that for peace to reign at the football house he would resign by the end of his tenure and will not re-contest the election. That was the decision we took. I am disappointed that yesterday (Monday) that they signed a resolution dissolving the electoral committee and extending the tenure of the board,” Danagogo said.

Danagogo denied that Maigari and Amadu were arrested by State Security Service adding that he was the one that called Amadu to be present at the second congress held at the Chida Hotel.

Danagogo, who had persistently denied Maigari’s resignation, said he decided to make the resignation letter said to be written on August 12 by Maigari public because the latter reneged on the agreement not to seek re-election.

While it is not clear how FIFA will react to the latest crisis in Nigeria, Danagogo said he expected the international governing body to mediate.

“I also expect FIFA to join us in this matter. Let them send their representative so that we will all sit down and resolve this matter. I will be there when FIFA send their representatives.”


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