NFF: There was no election in Anambra State FA

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The Nigeria Football Federation on Tuesday in Abuja stated that there has been no election into the executive committee of the Anambra State Football Association.

In a statement issued by NFF Director of Communications, Ademola Olajire ,Chairman of Chairmen of Nigerian Football, Alhaji Ibrahim Gusau made the disclosure.

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Gusau said, what took place in the State on Monday, 27th July 2020 and which some stakeholders styled ‘an election’ was a charade of very low grade, and the NFF would never recognize such a sham. 

“That was an act of brigandage and the NFF fully dissociates itself from it. The Electoral Committee sent to the NFF a letter which they received from the Anambra State COVID-19 Task Force, requesting that the elections into the State FA and the local football councils be postponed, in line with the situation in the country, as the ban on sporting activities and mass gatherings was still alive.

“The same Electoral Committee issued a press statement on Monday, 27th July 2020 informing the general public that the elections would no longer hold, and regretted the inconvenience that the sudden postponement may have caused the candidates, delegates, observers, stakeholders and the general public.

“In view of these, it is incomprehensible how anyone could have gone ahead with the charade they are calling ‘election’, and you begin to wonder who actually conducted the so-called election,” Gusau said on Tuesday.

Gusau, who is also a Member of the NFF Executive Committee, stated further: “That was an affront on the Government and the NFF will never be part of it. 

The Anambra State COVID-19 Task Force made it clear that there should be no such gathering. It is irksome, and let it be said without ambiguity that the NFF does not recognize such a sham and it cannot stand.” 

Meanwhile the group of football stakeholders had gone on to conduct an election in Awka on Monday, in defiance of the state government directive according to reports.

The election had produced the incumbent state FA chairman, Ifeanyi Uba, as winner of the chairmanship position.

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