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NFF election: FG moves to checkmate tenure extension

Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has urged the Taskforce of Professional Football Players Association of Nigeria (PFAN)/ Project 2022 and Concerned Congress Members of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to stealth their swords to allow the September congress hold.

Dare in Abuja told the members of both associations to withdraw all pending court cases barring the NFF from holding its elective congress this year. Prior to this, a member of the Nembe City Seigha Obiene in 2021 has approached the Bayelsa State Federal Hight Court with suit number, FHC/YHG/ CS/133/2021 seeking the court to declare the 2018 elective congress in Katsina that ushered in new executives as null and void.

Obiene, whose ex-parte order was granted by the court, alleged that five members of the NFF Congress illegally participated in the 2018 elective congress that ushered in NFF President Amaju Pinnick for the second term in office.

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Until now, the possibility of holding an elective congress on the expiration of the tenure of the present NFF board has been shadowy but recently, the Minister has directed the sports federation to commence the process of holding this year’s elective congress.

In a letter by President Muhammadu Buhari addressed to the federation, he ordered that the statute that guides the process of electing new executives be amended to accommodate all football stakeholders, who hitherto have been disenfranchised, in the electoral processes going forward.

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