NFF Congress holds in Abuja today
The Aminu Maigari-led faction of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has concluded plans to hold a General Assembly in a yet to be publicised venue in Abuja today.
This decision which was arrived at last night was backed by the chairman of the Federal House of Representatives’ committee on sports, Godfrey Gaiya.
Gaiya, a participant at last night’s meeting, declared his personal support for a peacefully and legally constituted Congress today.
NationSport was at the group’s pre-General Assembly meeting held at Bentley Hotels, Utako, yesterday night.
The participants at the well-attended gathering of football associations’ chairmen comprising the 36 states of Nigeria and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja, were unanimous in their decision to hold the Congress today.
The meeting which was co-moderated by Ekiti State FA Chairman, Isaac Ayodele and Abia State FA boss, Ephraim Chukwuemeka first made a roll call of the States FAs representatives. This was greeted with a loud ovation.
Ayodele, who requested for protection from the House of Representatives for participants of the Congress fixed for today, read out FIFA’s letter that stated that the embattled Chris Giwa-led NFF should vacate office and a new election should be conducted latest Monday, September 8, 2014 which was greeted again by loud cheers.
Speaking after the meeting, the chairman of the House of Representatives committee on sports, Gaiya, said although he supported the legal gathering and the Congress, he would still have to make the House’s position known in a statement to be issued by 11am today.
Afterwards another football stakeholder told NationSport that he was sure that “the crisis would be finally resolved tomorrow (today) and I believe that a proper election that will usher in the popular choice of football stakeholders will be held.”
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