NFF CRISIS: Igbokwe Drags Pinnick Board To Appeals Committee

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By Raphael Ekpang

The last may not have been heard of the Nigeria Football

Federation election that took placed in Warri, Delta State

on September 30, as Barrister Leornard Igbokwe one of the

contestants has dragged Amaju Pinnick led NFF executive

board and the conduct of the said election to the NFF

appeals committee.

Igbokwe aka Touch lihgt of the Nigerian football, in a

petition dated October, 10 2014 and addressed to the NFF

Apeals Committee through the office of the secretary general

of the NFF wants the appeals committee to nullified the said

election that brought Pinnick and his members into office

including Felix Anyansi Agwu. Accoding to him; the electoral

committee was wrongfully composed and the inability of the

committee to disqualify Felix Anyansi Agwu from contesting

the election even when Emeka Inyama from the same state was

already at the board.

The petition also claimed that no official representation

from FIFA, CAF and WAFU as enshrine in Article 12 of the

gfuidelines for the NFF election 2014 was on ground during

the election.

Igbokwe also noted that Warri venue for the election was a

wrong choice because one of the presidential candidate for

the election hailed from there.

According to the petition, on the day of the election, there

was a circulation of thelist of prefered candidates to be

voted for long after the campaigned had ended, which

contravened Article 11.2 of the same election guidelines.

The non-disqualification of Felix Anyansi Agwu from South

East, Barrister, Seyi Akinwumi from South West and Alh.

Sheriff Rabiu Inua from North West contravened Article 7 (b)

of the election guidelines and the criteria to qualify to

contest section of the election nomination form.

The petition states further that, the electoral committee

allowed the appointed league mangement committee(LMC) to

vote in the election against Article 13(b) of the NFF

statutes 2010 which mandated that all members of the NFF

must compose their decision making bodies through the

process of the election.

And the disqualification of one of the presidential

candidates Mr. Shehu Dikko from the election after been

cleared to contest by the electoral committee.

However, Igbokwe prayed that the appeals committee cancel

the entire result, outcome and election conducted in Warri

on September 30, 2014 and nullified it for gross violation

of the provisions of the NFF statutes, electoral code,

election guidelines and Nigerian constitution among others

prayers.

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