Maigari returns, demands free and fair NFF poll
The president of the Nigeria Football Federation, Aminu Maigari, has said on his return to office that he wants a smooth conduct of elections into the federation’s executive committee.
Maigari resumed office on Monday after a purported impeachment was thrown out by FIFA, africanFootball.com reports.
“I personally will want any individual who is eligible to contest (the elections),” Maigari declared.
The electoral process has been seriously questioned after some officials disappeared with nomination forms in a desperate bid to stop interested persons from vying for the elections.
Sports minister Tammy Danagogo has also expressed serious concerns about the process.
Elections are due on August 26 in Warri.
Meanwhile, Maigari has called on all stakeholders to unite for the good of Nigerian football.
“There is no victor and no vanquished. We must all come together in the interest of the Nigeria game. We are all adults and we must have differences, but I am happy that those differences are now in the past and we are now of the same accord,” Maigari said as he settled into his chair on Monday.
He met Mike Umeh, Shehu Adamu and Ayodeji Tinubu, some of his board members in the office, and after hours of deliberation, chairman of the NFF media and publicity committee, Emeka Inyama, disclosed that the board had come together once more and that the interest of Nigerian football had prevailed.
“We are one big family, as we have always been. There were disagreements and misunderstanding for a number of weeks, but FIFA has cleared the air and the government has weighed in on the side of FIFA,” Inyama said.
“In the interest of the Nigeria game, we have all resolved to bury our differences and rather work towards evolving a roadmap for the coming elections.
There will be a meeting of the executive committee on Tuesday.