New League Boards: Club Owners Kick, Vow To Ground 2016/17 Season

Amaju Pinnick
NFF President Amaju Pinnick

Owners of Clubs participating in the Nigeria National League, Nigeria Women Football League and Nigeria Nationwide League have kicked against the recently constituted Boards for the three leagues by the Amaju Pinnick-led Executive Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF.

In a statement on Friday, the club owners said the composition and manner of appointment did not conform to NFF statues, describing it thus as “illegal arrangement as it is not in the interest of the growth and development of the leagues.”

Consequently, the Executive Committee of the club owners association of the three leagues took the following interim decisions:

(1)The club owners  of the three leagues are ready to ground the 2016/17 leagues and all other activities leading to the commencement of the season until they are allowed to conduct elections into their Boards in free and fair manner as in FIFA, CAF, and until the last elections, in NFF and other affiliate bodies of the NFF.

This will be in line with FIFA directives to Mallam Ibrahim Galadima, in 2004, to allow the leagues, subordinate to NFF, to elect their Board members freely and fairly, with their elected chairmen representing them on the Executive Committee of the NFF. This, Alhaji Ibrahim Galadima, graciously conceded to and granted. Also refer to article 18 (1 & 2) of the FIFA statutes for guide.

(2)That these selected NFF cronies are not accepted by us to lead the Boards of the three leagues and, therefore, the three leagues reject all the appointments in its entirety as it is obvious that no selection Committee ever sat to present its nomination to the NFF for presentation to the Congress for approval or affirmation.

(3)The leagues have now rejected completely the idea of the new governance structure as they view it as a creation of the NFF to their cronies on the Boards of the leagues, at all cost, that have never contributed anything to the development of the leagues and in clear breech of the understanding reached with clubs and a total disregard to the Congress decisions of the leagues as presented to the NFF which they accepted to implement.

(4)The leagues, as registered corporate entities, will now take their destinies in their hands and elect from their members that have contributed to the development of the leagues that can move their leagues forward.

This was advised by FIFA in their letter of 14th December 2004 to NFF and club owners (see attached copies of the FIFA letter to NFF for reference).

(5)The club owners are ready to defend their position and resist any imposition of candidates while adhering to FIFA statutes and previous submission and advice to NFF.

(6)It is the club owners’ opinion that NFF should look for appointments elsewhere for their FA chairmen who are threatening to impeach them unless they are appointed to head the leagues. A place they do not belong and can add no value to.

(7)The Exco of the club owners association of the three leagues also agreed to immediately call their emergency Congresses to discuss this development and take a unanimous decision on this matter.

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