Tension as NFF elections hold in Warri

By Tony Ubani, Warri
The troubled Nigerian Football Federation appears to be swimming in more troubled waters with elections into its executive board scheduled to hold today at the Golden Tulip Hotel, Warri, with a purported court injunction served the 37 FA Associations and the principal officers including Sports Minister, Dr Tammy Danagogo to stop the elections.


But football stakeholders who trooped into the oil city yesterday were not bordered by the fresh Court case which would no doubt spell more doom on Nigerian football. Apparently aware that the Warri Congress might ignore the order, the Federal High Court in Jos sent out fresh notices warning of the consequences of disobedience to Order of Court which it spelt out – Take notice that unless you obey the directives contained in this Order, you will be guilty of Contempt of court and will be liable to be committed to prison.
Out-going President Aminu Maigari and Scribe Musa Amadu were copied. With the presence of CAF representative, Kwesi Nyantakyi who is also Ghana FA chairman in Warri, there seems to be nothing stopping the elections from holding today. All seven candidates gunning for the one position of the President of the NFF came with their retinue of supporters last night.
They include Melvin Amaju Pinnick from Delta, Taiwo OgunJobi from Osun, Shehu Dikko, Kaduna, Amanze Uchegbulam, Imo, Mike Umeh, Anambra, Abba Yola, Kano and Dominic Iorfa from Benue State. Four others are also contesting for the Vice President position.
Many who spoke to Sports Vanguard in Warri last night expressed optimism that they were on the right direction to hold elections as directed by World soccer governing body. “We’re covered by FIFA. We cannot afford to allow very few selfish Nigerians destroy the only sport that gives Nigerians joy”, one of the delegates who begged for anonymity said.
Water-tight security have been provided for the elections.

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