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Published On: Sun, Dec 7th, 2014

Igbokwe set to drag sports minister to NBA over football crisis

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Minister of Sports,Tamuno DanagogoA foremost football administrator Barrister Leonard Igbokwe has promised to dragg minister of sports and chairman of the National Sports Commission (NSC) Dr.Tammy Danagogo to Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) over his support of illegal correspondences as well as fuelling football crisis in Nigeria.

Igbokwe who stated this over the weekend in Abuja, said NFF conveyed illegal document of impostors to Tammy Danagogo upheld the September 30 elections that brought Amaju Pinnick led board without making a public statement.

“As a minister of sports, we expect him to maintain peace in the sporting industry rather than fermenting crisis, since the minister came on board, the football cycle has not witness peace from one problem to another, I want him to distance himself from the crisis.

“I want to tell him, if he has collected money from any candidates he should kindly return it, he should leave football alone to grow, he is supporting illegal document and intercepting some, his aide on media, Patrick Omorodion is using social media to create crisis contrary to sports development.

“You can see a country that won AFCON could not qualify to defend it trophy, the football cycles are going down by the day, NFF have lost a deal worth $7m-a-year from Adidas, which will increase the problems for the cash-strapped team.

“Eagles have endured a difficult year, with problems both on and off the pitch damaging their reputation and their results as well as being penalised with by  global ban  for government interference in football matters; we failed to qualify to defend Africa Cup of Nations title at next year’s finals in Equatorial Guinea, “he explained.

According to Igbokwe, NFF’s Electoral Appeals Committee chairman, Barr. Okey Ajunwa has nullified the election of Amaju Pinnick as president of the NFF.

Ajunwa ruled that presidential aspirant in the September 30 elections, Shehu Dikko was wrongfully disqualified, hence the decision to annul the presidential election.

The ruling, which is being held in Abuja, has also seen the committee nulify the elections of Felix Anyansi-Agwu of Abia State and Rabiu Shariff Inuwa of Kano State, in a judgement given to the petition of Barr. Ikechukwu Igbokwe.

The committee ruled that both states can only have one representative on the NFF board, acknowledging that the mentioned states already have representatives in Emeka Inyama and Ahmed Kawu, and ordered the NFF to organise fresh elections for the affected positions within seven days.

The committee also dismissed Sani Fema’s petition for lack of merit and not filing within the stipulated time.

The committee has also ruled that bye election must be conducted by NFF within 7 days of this judgement to fill the positions of President, and South East and North West zones, with Felix Anyansi-Agwu and Rabiu Shariff Inuwa barred from re-contesting.

Persons from Abia and Kano States are also barred from contesting as they already have representatives in Emeka Inyama and Ahmed Kawu.

The election of Seyi Akinwunmi as first vice president of the NFF has also been annulled and a fresh election ordered to be conducted within seven days of the judgement in a neutral venue, Abuja.

They also stated that all cleared candidates with existing cases against the NFF in courts within Nigeria, at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, must withdraw such cases forthwith, before they can participate in the bye elections.


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