The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Electoral and Appeals Committee on Wednesday upheld the NFF Executive Committee elections on September 30 which led to emergence of Amaju Pinnick as NFF President.
The Electoral and Appeals Committee was set up to look into petitions filed by some aggrieved stakeholders following the elections held in Warri, Delta State.
Split was observed in yesterday’s sitting of the panel in Abuja with the Chairman Okechukwu Ajunwa resolving to take a minority position contrary to that of other members on the validity of the election.
The other members of the panel, Victor Nwangwu, Bala Garba, Sani Mohammed, Mohammed Sanusi and Dotun Coker, validated the election following petitions by Shehu Dikko, Muazu Sulaiman, Sani Ferma and Iyke Igbokwe.
Ajunwa, a lawyer, he was unanimously overruled by other members of the committee, who felt that the opinion of every member should be considered on every appeal as is the global practice.
The differences among the members manifested after Ajuwa refused to append his signature on the decision of the committee after the meeting held yesterday at Westpoint Hotel, Wuse, Abuja.
Igbokwe had raised 13 grounds for the entire election to be vitiated. But the panel resolved that most of the grounds for his appeal had been taken care of by various FIFA directives and congressional decisions.
The panel contested the locus standi of Igbokwe, who had objected to the election of Felix Anyasi –Agwu and Rabiu Inuwa in apparent violation of principle of federal character. The panel insisted Igbokwe had also contested the election as a member.
They threw out the petitions of Suleiman and Ferma while they refused to consider Dikko’s appeal by claiming that he (Dikko) had on November 13 written a letter to Ajunwa saying he was withdrawing from the appeal.