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Published On: Fri, Aug 21st, 2020

DSS, State Assembly intervene in Taraba State Football Association crisis

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By Amaechi Agbo

A new twist has been added to the seemingly intractable crisis rocking the Taraba State Football Association with the Department of Security Service, DSS and the State’s lawmakers have wadding in to broker peace.
The crisis started when parallel elections were conducted into the Taraba State Football Association Executive Committee Board was held on June 12, 2019 with two persons claiming to be the duly elected chairman of the FA.
Mahmud Sanusi Mohammed was announced winner as the Chairman Taraba state Football Association in the election conducted on June 12, 2019 at Bali Local Government. While, the incumbent, Timothy Magaji Heman held another election on the same date at Mope Akamase Hall in Numan Local Government in Adamawa state.
The crisis, which began after the elections into the board of the state FA, recently forced the State Assembly and the DSS to step in to help find a lasting solution to the lingering imbroigilo.
Taraba State Football Association had insisted that the June 12 election conducted at Bali Local Government was duly administered in line with the laid down electoral guidelines.
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) had in a letter dated 26th September 2019, with Ref No. NFF/GEN/85/1/42 written to Taraba State Football Association called the Association to a meeting to bring sanity and end the crisis of factional chairmen in state FA.
In a response letter to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) from the Taraba state FA, signed by Suleiman Adamu, Chairman of Chairmen Taraba Football Association who doubles as Chairman Jalingo Football Council, stated clearly that the ongoing crisis in the state FA would not have arose had the Federation’s election observer, Alhaji Babagana Kalli was not hijacked by Mr Timothy Magaji which led to his (Babagana) absence at the venue of the election in Bali Local Government
It was reported that Babagana went to an undisclosed venue to oversee an election unknown to the football stakeholders in the state, the purported election was presented to the NFF in Abuja by the observer. The football stakeholders in Taraba accused Babagana Kalli of being one-sided adding that his phones were switched off when they tried to reach him before during and after the election conducted in Balli Local Government.
The football stakeholders stated that they will not keep mute and allow the imposition of leaders on the state FA by the leadership of the association at the national level.

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