A seemingly bizarre situation has unfolded at the Nigeria Football Federation as the chairman of the Electoral Appeals CommitteeBarristerOkey Ajunwa nullified the election of Amaju Pinnick as the president.
Amaju Pinnick is still in charge – Appeals Committee members
NFF rubbishes Barrister Ajunwa's report, send committee decision to the Sports minister
Members of the board, Mallam Sani Mohammed, Mr Dotun Coker, Mr Victor Nwangwu, Mr Bala Garba and the Secretary, Mohammed Sanusi; had on Wednesday in a signed letter upheld the September 30 elections, whilst warning that the chairman would try to make up a decision of his own - which he did on Wednesday
The NFF in a statement on Thursday backed the decision of the members, rubbishing that of the chairman.
“Barr. Ajunwa failed in several aspects in this assignment. He failed to invoke the meeting of the Electoral Appeals Committee and it was when time had ran out on the appeals that he woke up suddenly to call for a hearing,” the members said, stating that they are are merely holding back from revealing the much they know about how he has, unfortunately, conducted himself since he was appointed to head the committee.
NFF’s media and publicity chairman, Solomon Kwande praised the committee members
“It is a committee that was put in place, and the principle of committees is known all over the world. The chairman of a committee has a casting vote; when there is a tie among the members. In this case, all the other members voted to uphold the NFF 2014 Elective Congress in its entirety, and that made the chairman’s dissenting voice to be meaningless.
“There is not much to be said about the decisions other than to commend the members and accept it in its entirety. The NFF Executive Committee takes this whole thing in good faith and we can now properly set out on putting plans and processes in place to accomplish our vision of taking Nigeria football to heights never before attained,’’ Kwande said.
Kwande also stated that the Appeals hearing was just medicine after death
“The NFF Executive Committee had the power to stop the NFF 2014 Electoral Appeals Committee from hearing the appeals, because the Electoral Code was clear on timing. The appeals must have been submitted within 14 days after the election, and the hearing must have been done 14 days after the appeals. Everything was supposed to have been concluded, in this case, by 24th October 2014, as the last appeal was presented on 10th October, but the first sitting of the committee took place on 29th October.”
The statement also dislcosed that the Appeals Committee members' report has been sent to the Sports minister, Tammy Danagogo
JOIN OUR PULSE COMMUNITY!
Eyewitness? Submit your stories now via social or: