By Albert Akota
The Chairman House Committee on Sports, Hon. Godfrey Ali Gaiya has order the Minister of Sports and chairman National Sports Commission (NSC) to carry out its order to evacuate Chris Giwa-led leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation, (NFF) from office with immediate effect.
The Committee had on Thursday after a three-day long interactive sessions with NFF’s stakeholders, order Giwa and his board members to vacate office, insisting that the election of August 26, 2014 that brought him and his team to power did not conform with the Federation’s statutes, since it was supposed to be a non-election congress.
Addressing newsmen yesterday in Abuja, the Committee chairman, Geoffrey Ali Gaiya, said the committee will not hesitate to use its veto power to compel relevant authorities to remove Giwa and his group from the Glass House.
“You will recall that on Thursday the House committee on sports after three day interactive session with the Minister of sports and both the Maigari and Giwa factions came out with resolution.
“Our resolution was that the August 26 congress was intended to be an elective congress and that the NFF statute particularly item 28, paragraph 4, said any item that wasn’t in agenda should be consider.
“We read through the NFF agenda of the August 26 congress and we found that election was not supposed to be that day. So, whatever that is not in tandem with the statues should not be allowed to stand.
“We are worry that up till now our resolution have not comply been with. As representative of 170 million Nigerians, directive should not only have legal backing, but moral backing also that Nigerian people have said this is their position and it should respected,” he stated.
He implored the Minister and the Giwa-led board of NFF to have recourse to the law guiding the nation. “Nigeria is a country that is guided by the law and the law should be respected.
“The House of Representatives is a creation of the law and empower by the constitution to make law and whatever decision we took bide on all Nigerians and that was what we did on Thursday.
“We expect the other arms of governments to execute the resolution pass by the House. That was why we served the Minister our resolution and expect him to forward it to relevant authorities for implementation. By now Inspector General of Police should know that whoever goes there unelected or not legally elected to be there is a trespasser and should be removed.
He warned Chris Giwa-led NFF not to use their petition to Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) against FIFA’s threat as delay tactics to extend their stay in the Glass House, saying they have no legal standing to write appeal to CAS.
“Before anybody should go to CAS, he or she must have legal backing prove his case, but not as a delay tactics,” he stated.