The Nigeria Football Federation has reiterated its warning that, in line with the NFF Statutes, there must be no external influence in the conduct of elections into the boards of the Football Associations of the 36 States and the Federal Capital Territory.
Speaking in Abuja on Tuesday, NFF Acting President, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi made it clear that the Federation would not treat any State that runs foul of this important proviso as a sacred cow.
“We are sending this important message to all the Football Associations of the 36 States and the FCT. Any State where it is found that external influence has played some role will be visited with the full sanctions applicable.
“The Nigeria Football Federation is serious about this. All the Football Associations of the States and the FCT have a duty to observe the guidelines and the stipulations to the letter, in the true spirit of association football,” Akinwunmi said.
Elections into the Boards of the Football Associations of the 36 States and the FCT have been scheduled for 15th – 28th February, 2015, with a number of the States having fixed dates for their elections already.
The Elections Monitoring Committee, headed by Member of the NFF Executive Committee and Chairman of Chairmen, Alhaji Ibrahim Gusau, is presently going through documents submitted by the States for the conduct of the elections, including guidelines and delegates’ lists.
The Nigeria Football Federation has begun concrete moves to ensure synergy between the NFF and the different Leagues affiliated to the NFF, and also among departments within the Federation to guarantee global best practice in organization of matches and competitions in the country.
Commending the organization of the recently-concluded Super Six Tournament held in Abuja, NFF Acting President, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi thanked the League Management Company, Globacom Communications who are the sponsors, the participating teams and of course the fans who came out in their thousands to watch the matches.
He stated that the gains of the brilliant organization, and the lessons learnt from whatever shortcomings there were, should be taken on board to guarantee much better organization of matches and championships.
On Monday, Akinwunmi as Chairman of the NFF Organizing Committee, chaired a meeting where the Premier League, National League, Women League and Nationwide League were represented, and which also had in attendance NFF General Secretary, Barrister Musa Amadu, as well as heads of the NFF Technical, Competitions, Marketing and Communications departments, Referees Unit, International, Inter-Clubs, Federation Cup Unit, and Security Committee.
“We must begin to insist on global best practice in everything we do, in organization of matches and carrying out of other assignments.
Akinwunmi warned that there is a wind of change blowing at the ‘Glass House’ adding that there is no room for unscrupulous activities in the house of Nigerian football.
“The NFF leadership will begin to frown seriously at the attitude of ‘business as usual’ and people in positions of responsibility must discharge those responsibilities with absolute professionalism.
“Synergy between the NFF and all the Leagues and also among the departments within the NFF that are represented here is key for the real growth of Nigeria football,” Akunwunmi stated.