By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
The Nigeria Football Federation, NFF has dissociated itself from any State Football Association, FA Election in Anambra State, www.kick442.com can report.
In a release by NFF Communications Department, which was made available to www.kick442.com, “the NFF has stated categorically that there has been no election into the executive committee of the Anambra State Football Association.”
Chairman of Chairmen of Nigerian Football, Alhaji Ibrahim Gusau minced no words in declaring that what took place in the State on Monday, 27th July 2020, and which some stakeholders styled ‘an election’ was a charade of very low grade, and the NFF would never recognize such a sham.
“That was an act of brigandage and the NFF fully dissociates itself from it. The Electoral Committee sent to the NFF a letter which they received from the Anambra State COVID-19 Task Force, requesting that the elections into the State FA and the local football councils be postponed, in line with the situation in the country, as the ban on sporting activities and mass gatherings was still alive.
“The same Electoral Committee issued a press statement on Monday, 27th July 2020 informing the general public that the elections would no longer hold, and regretted the inconvenience that the sudden postponement may have caused the candidates, delegates, observers, stakeholders, and the general public.
“In view of these, it is incomprehensible how anyone could have gone ahead with the charade they are calling ‘election’, and you begin to wonder who actually conducted the so-called election,” Gusau said on Tuesday.
Gusau, who is also a Member of the NFF Executive Committee, stated further: “That was an affront on the Government and the NFF will never be part of it. The Anambra State COVID-19 Task Force made it clear that there should be no such gathering. It is irksome, and let it be said without ambiguity that the NFF does not recognize such a sham and it cannot stand.”
www.kick442.com understands that Anambra State FA, on Monday, July 27, 2020, re-elected Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah as Chairman. 22 members voted out of 26 with two voided votes. The Congress members and the newly elected Executives visited the State FA Grand Patron Arthur Eze after the election. Arthur Eze donated N10 million to the FA programs as the newly elected Executives begin plans for a new term in office.
Newly re-elected Anambra State FA Chairman, Dr. Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah promises more football development in the State.
With the current development, and NFF not endorsing the Anambra FA election, it is left to see what will happen next as far as the election is concerned whether it will be annulled or another election will be conducted.
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