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 Giwa Emerges Factional NFF President As Maigari Camp Fixes Election For Sept In Calabar

The confusion rocking the country’s football governing house – the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), is definitely far from being over, as the two parallel congresses held yesterday in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), each attended by the factional heads – Aminu Maigari and Mike Umeh and their supporters.

African Examiner reported yesterday that Maigari alongside other NFF board members – Chris Green and Musa Amadu were arrested by the security operatives for undisclosed reason at Chida Hotel, the consensus venue of the supposed congress meeting.

The development subsequently resulted to protest by the pro – Maigari camp who staged a walk out of the Chida hotel premises and went ahead to hold a separate congress at a venue in the Miatama district of Abuja.

While the Maigari camp dissolved the existing EXCO and fixed September 4 for new election in Calabar, the Cross Rivers State, the Chida Hotel congress which was attended by the Sports Minister, Tammy Danagogo, went ahead to conduct an election to constitute new NFF leadership.

This was totally contrary to the earlier announcement last Sunday by the Secretary to the Federal Government, Senator Pius Ayim Pius who declared that the rescheduled Tuesday exercise has been changed to mere congress to fix a new date for election.proper.

In the factional election, Chief Chris Giwa and Obinna Ogba emerged the President and Vice President respectively. The Maigari faction has however replied that the outcome of the poll would not hold and insisted its parallel voting would hold as scheduled.

Giwa defeated the ex NFF VP, Umeh with 27 to two votes. Ogba emerged the new VP with 29 votes.

Other new factional elected board members included Chairman of chairmen, Effiong Johnson; Yahaya Adama (North Central); Felix Obuah (South South); Sani Mohammed, Adamu Yahaya (North East); Deji Tinubu, Otumba Sunday (South West); Muazu Suleiman, Sheriff Unuma (North West) and Felix Anyansi (South East).

In the meantime, Umeh has rejected the outcome of the poll, saying election did not hold.



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