Friday, 29 August 2014

FIFA writes Nigeria over NFF crisis., nullifies Giwa's election

THE World Soccer-governing body, FIFA has said it will not recognise Ambassador Chris Giwa as president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) at a purported general assembly held on Tuesday in Abuja.
FIFA also said other elected members of the NFF executive committee at the August 26 general congress will not be recognised.
Prior to the said polls, the Department of State Services (DSS) had arrested the incumbent President, Alhaji Aminu Maigari alongside NFF Secretary-General, Musa Amadu and board member, Barrister Chris Green for interrogation which lasted 14 hours.
However, Amadu was released to come and supervise the general assembly at Chida Hotel, Abuja where the Sports Minister, Dr Tamuno Danagogo addressed the delegates, leaving the duo at the DSS office until their eventual release after 14 hours according to Green.
The majority of the state FA chairman and secretaries present at the Chida Hotel venue of the general assembly protested against the arrest of the three football chiefs, as they dared the security operatives which ordered them not to embark on a protest.
Some of the delegates later went ahead with the election which was won by Giwa who defeated outgoing vice president of NFF, Chief Mike Umeh in the disputed polls held at Chida Hotel.
But a new twist was added to the crisis on Friday as FIFA wrote to nullify the election which brought in Giwa and other board members into office as the body also directed them to vacate the Glass House by Monday.
Giwa with the newly-elected board members of the crisis-ridden NFF was at the Glass House on Wednesday to assume office.
FIFA also upheld the decision of the 39 out of 44 of the delegates present at an ad hoc general assembly later held the same day at Bentley Hotel, Abuja, that the election should now hold on September 4, 2014.
The letter from FIFA entitled: 'Situation of the Nigeria Football Federation' reads:
Dear General Secretary,
We refer to the enclosed reports we have received from members of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and the Association of Professional Footballers of Nigeria, as well as to information relayed by the media with regard to the events linked to the general assembly of the NFF on 26 August, 2014.
We understand from the sequence of events that the general assembly duly convened by the NFF Executive Committee could not start as planned because some NFF members, including the president, were being held by security forces for questioning.
We also note that, despite these absences, some members decided to hold an impromptu ‘elective general assembly’ while the delegates were supposed to be deciding on a new roadmap leading to elections for a new NFF Executive Committee.
According to the enclosed reports, 39 out of 44 of the delegates then resolved to hold an ad hoc general assembly during which they decided that elections would be organised for 4 September 2014 and elected new members to the electoral committees.
Finally, we have learnt that the persons who claim to have been elected during the so-called ‘elective general assembly’ have come to the NFF offices claiming to be the legitimate president and members of the NFF. It also appears that the Ministry of Sports has recognised them.
As stated previously, FIFA deems the general assembly to be the highest decision-making body of any football association and that its decisions are consequently binding, provided that these comply with the member association’s own statutes.
According to the facts reported to us, it appears that the vast majority of the NFF members decided to set the elections for 4 September 2014 and we consider this decision to be valid since it was taken by the highest decision-making body (the NFF general assembly) and conforms to what has been previously reported to FIFA.
As a consequence, we will not recognise the outcome of the abovementioned elections and should there still be persons claiming to have been elected and occupying the NFF offices at midnight on Monday 1 September 2014, we will bring the case to the appropriate FIFA body for sanctions, which may include the suspension of the NFF.
We ask you to inform all parties concerned accordingly and we thank you in advance for keeping us informed of any developments in the situation. In particular, we would like you to confirm that the date of 4 September 2014 will be met because the timing seems very short.
Yours sincerely,
Jérôme Valcke
Secretary General

Caption: Maigari still recognised by FIFA as NFF President.

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