Monday’s extra-ordinary congress of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) rose with a charge to the body’s reforms committee to come out with innovations on making electoral issues smoother and effective.
Footballlive.ng reports that the charge was part of issues finalised at the general assembly in Lagos, which also ratified the decision of the NFF executive committee of 26th January to postpone the elections into the boards of various football associations in the 36 states and FCT.
The NFF executive committee, which equally held an emergency meeting last Tuesday in Asaba, had decided that the current electoral processes in the states be suspended immediately.
The decision was said to arise from “various complaints that have been received and ventilated in several fora regarding the ongoing electoral processes geared towards the conduct of elections into the Football Associations of the 36 States and the FCT, and against the backdrop of the nationwide elections taking place between February and March 2019.”
It added in a communique: “Executive Committee has thus charged the NFF Football Reform Committee, which composition was approved by the NFF Congress at its Annual General Assembly in Asaba, Delta on 24th October 2018, to see the pattern, composition and electoral processes as one of its major assignments in the work of recommending a comprehensive reform of Nigerian Football.”
Consequently, on Monday, with all 44 members present along with top officials of the states’ assoications at Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, the decision was unanimously ratified.
This came after a motion moved to that effect by former NFF first vice-president and current chairman of Imo State Football Association, Mazi Amanze Uchegbulam.
The motion was seconded by the chairman of Sokoto State Football Association, Alhaji Mohammed Nasir Saidu.
The NFF Executive Committee had also asked each association of the 36 states and FCT to hold an extra-ordinary Congress before the expiration of their respective tenures, to pick a new date between 26th May and 30th June as the terminal date for its board.
Subsequently, they will also fix dates for their elective Congress, to be presided over by the current boards of respective State FAs recognized by the NFF.