Angered by the measures taken by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) at the State Football Association Delta (DFA), the presidents of the Football Associations in the South-South zone threatened to boycott NFF activities.
It is recalled that the NFF created a Standardization Committee chaired by Henry Nkeki, with a three-month mandate to organize a new election in the Delta.
But in a statement signed by the FA presidents of Rivers (Christopher Green), Cross Rivers (Atuake Oswald), Bayelsa (Poubeni Ogun), Delta (Edema Fuludu) and Edo (Henry O. Asemota), the agency blamed the creation of the Standardization Committee, which created an artificial crisis where none existed.
“It has come to our attention that NFF President Amaju Pinnick, President of the Presidency Ibrahim Gusau and the coordinator of the south of the south Emmanuel Ibah, with Article 8 (2) of the FIFA Statute 2019, created a Standardization Committee for manage the affairs of the Delta State Football Association.
“It is our firm opinion that, in the absence of any crisis at the Delta State Football Association prior to the establishment of this Standardization Committee, in addition to the fact that said article 8 (2) was not adopted by the Congress of the Football Federation of Nigeria, your confidence in said Article 8 (2) of the FIFA Statutes is lost.
The agency added: “For us, what the people mentioned did was to create an artificial crisis, on which they based themselves to form the Standardization Committee with the sole purpose of installing Tony Okowa, Executive President of the Delta State. Sports Commission as President of the Delta State Football Association. "
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They, however, described the measures taken as a dangerous precedent that could undermine Congress' supremacy.
Arming itself with the NFF statutes, the agency said: “Based on Article 13 (1) (f) of the NFF Statutes, we request the NFF to immediately set up an arbitration panel to resolve this dispute between the persons mentioned and the Delta State Football Association.
Pending the resolution of this issue, we, the undersigned presidents of the Football Associations in South Nigeria, will boycott all NFF events.
They expressed disappointment at the actions of the zonal coordinator Emmanuel Ibah in dealing with this issue, adding that he abdicated his duties and responsibilities as a representative of the zone.
They therefore approved a vote of confidence in Ibah: "Thereafter, he (Ibah) will no longer represent the south-south geopolitical zone on the NFF executive committee," they said.