NFF elections: Umeh quizzed by SSS
The acting President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Mike Umeh, was on Tuesday afternoon quizzed by security operatives in Abuja over planned executive committee meeting to review niggling issues concerning the Federation’s polls, africanFootball.com reports.
Umeh was queried for trying to chair an executive committee meeting which would have addressed several issues including the failure of most aspirants to get nomination forms for the August 26 elections into the executive board of the NFF.
“He was told in very clear terms that he cannot hold an executive committee meeting without approval from the sports ministry,” a source informed africanFootball.com
The executive committee meeting has since been put off.
Earlier in the day, Umeh had expressed serious concerns over the handling of the electoral process ahead of the elections.
“We have received phone calls, phone messages and emails, and there have been media reports of persons being denied forms for unclear reasons,” africanFootball.com quoted Umeh as saying in an official statement.
“The litany of complaints and widespread condemnation has been deafening. The best legacy that this team can give to Nigeria football is a flawless electoral process leading to credible elections.
There have been ringing condemnation of the handling of the sale of forms, particularly, and Umeh assured that the NFF would not turn a deaf ear to the cries of those genuinely desirous of purchasing forms but who have been unduly denied.
“We will look at the issues arising from the entire process and take a decision that will be in the interest of, not only those bonafide members of the family who have been short –circuited, but also of the system.
“All persons eligible to purchase forms should be able to do that. It should be a level -playing field for all because we are keen on credible elections that will satisfy the yearnings of Nigerian ball fans and make our country proud.”
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