By Amaechi Agbo
Ahead of today’s election into the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Executive Board, former president of the NFF and a strong contender for the exalted position of NFF president, Alhaji Aminu Maigari could be disqualified few hours to the commencement of voting.
The former NFF President’s impending disqualification is coming few days after petitions over certificate forgery against him was submitted by two petitioners, Mr Chum Onye and Ahmed Shubairu Gombe who alleged that the two certificates of Grade 3 submitted by Maigari were contradictory.
In a letter made available to our reporter, the NFF Electoral Committee, 2018 said that during its screening, the committee discovered the discrepancies and could not reach a unanimous decision.
The letter added that in order to reach a consensus, the matter was put to vote of which 3 out of the 5 members of the committee voted in favour of Maigari being cleared to contest the election.
In the letter titled “Petition Against Alhaji Aminu Maigari for Forgery of Certificate: the Findings of the Electoral Committee/Resolution” and signed by the committee chairman, Muhammad Sank Katu, the committee in its three-point resolution, withdrew the initial clearance offered Maigari to contest today’s election and substituted it with a “provisional clearance.”
Below is the full detail of the letter:
Petition Against Alhaji Aminu Maigari for Forgery of Certificate: Findings of the Electoral Committee/Resolution.
We received two petitions soon after the submission/publication of the list of cleared candidates into various offices of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, by Mr Chum Onye and Ahmed Shuaibu Gara Gombe dated 14/9/2018 and 17/9/2018, respectively.
The two petitions were written against Alhaji Aminu Maigari for forgery of certificate and submission of same for the purpose of the screening exercise conducted by the Electoral Committee for the candidates vying for various offices of the NFF.
During the screening exercise, the Electoral Committee discovered the discrepancies in the certificates presented by Alhaji Aminu Maigari who is vying for the post of the president of the NFF.
However, the committee could not reach a unanimous decision on whether to disqualify him or not, hence the need to resort to voting.
During the voting, three (3) out of the five members of the committee voted in favour of him being cleared and allowed to participate in the election which led to the inclusion of his name in the list of cleared candidates.
Upon receiving the petition, the committee met and resolved to forward a copy of the petition written by Chum Onye to Alhaji Aminu Maigari for his response vide a letter dated 14 of September, 2018 urging him to appear before the committee on or before the 17 of September, 2018 for purpose of clarification.
Alhaji Aminu Maigari received the letter and informed the committee through a phone call to the chairman of his desire to appear before the committee on the 15th of September, 2018 which he did and undertook to produce the originals of the said documents for verification/clarification on or before 17 of September, 2018. Alahaji Aminu Maigari failed to produce the said original documents.
It is therefore based on the above premise that the committee makes the following resolutions:
That the documents submitted by Alhaji Aminu Maigari i.e the 2 Grade Three Certificates which are attached to the petitions are indeed not the same both in substance and in content with each other.
That the said certificates are submitted to the committee in contravention of Article 5(1)(i) of the guidelines for the NFF Executive Committee Election, 2018.
That the clearance earlier given to Alhaji Aminu Maigari to contest for the office of president of the NFF is hereby substituted with a provisional clearance.