Abuja - The board of the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) on Tuesday in Abuja said it would present a new roadmap for its elections scheduled for August 26.
Emeka Inyama, Chairman of the communiqué drafting committee who briefed newsmen after their meeting, said the board would present the roadmap to the NFA Congress on August 26 for approval.
Inyama also said that the board had lifted the ban imposed on certain football stakeholders, including Taiwo Ogunjobi, a former NFA Secretary-General.
The Mike Umeh-led NFA board had recently lifted the ban on some other stakeholders, but stayed action on that of Ogunjobi and others.
Inyama said the NFA board felt the development would enable all persons earlier banned but now unbanned to take part in the forthcoming elections.
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“In view of the present circumstances in Nigerian football, there is the absolute need to present a new roadmap leading to elections into the NFA board.”
“The board reiterated that the General Assembly of August 26 will be composed of the delegates to the 2013 General Assembly in Warri, including those from Plateau and Yobe Football Associations.”
“In the spirit of fair-play, leading to the elections, all persons banned for various lengths of time are hereby unbanned.”
“The persons are Taiwo Ogunjobi, Adedapo Lam-Adesina, Chikelue Iloanusi and Harrison Jalla. As for the ban on Ahmed Gara-Gombe, the NFA board feels it had long been lifted,” he said.
Inyama said members of the Electoral and Electoral Appeals Committees earlier removed from office would be re-admitted at the forthcoming NFA Congress following FIFA’s letter of August 14.
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The NFA board member, who is also Chairman of the Nigeria National League (NNL), further said the board had added two years to the leadership tenure of the various leagues.
He said the board felt this was to enable the chairmen of those leagues who are automatic members of the NFA board to complete their four-year tenure.
“Having come into office in 2012, the board feels this is essential,” Inyama said.
The media reports that Inyama, as well as Dilichukwu Onyedimma and Ahmed Kawu are beneficiaries of this move.
Onyedimma and Kawu are Chairperson of the Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) and Chairman of the Nigeria Nation-Wide League (NNWL) respectively.