Chairmanship aspirant calls for transparency in Nasarawa FA elections
Abuja, April 24, 2019 A chairmanship aspirant in Nasarawa State Nigerian Football Association (NFA), Mr Haliru Ibrahim, has called on the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to ensure transparency in the elections.
Ibrahim made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Abuja.
NNN reports that the elections scheduled for May 27 across the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) are to elect new officials for the state football associations.
Ibrahim, popularly known as ‘’Zee’’ said the call to Glass House became necessary given the manner the outgoing executives in Nasarawa had been handling the election process.
“NFF should ensure that Nasarawa FA election is credible and acceptable to everybody.
“It should not be a one man show, somebody should not sit down in his house and determine what happens in a popular sport like football for the entire state.
“I want NFF to please come into the matter and solve this problem.
“There was NFF communique in November 2018 that all the states and FCT should organise their congresses and start the process of conducting their next FA elections.
“Nasarawa FA did not respond to that until over one month, Mohammad Alkali-led exco only realised the need for a congress after some of us (aspirants) held a media briefing on the matter.
“What they did earlier was to organise something that was not in any way near a congress. They handpicked everyone, including Electoral College members.
“It was the electoral guidelines which NFF had to approve that made them rush down to Abuja and realised such election could not stand.
“I think some NFF national leaders were aware of developments in Nasarawa FA that was when they started selling forms to interested aspirants.
“We later bought forms to contest for various posts, I bought to contest for chairmanship position. They called us for screening.
“It was in the process of going for the screening that we got a hint that they would disqualify us if we ever go for the screening.
“I wonder why one will be disqualified for following laid down rules.
“We went for the screening and up till now, we have not heard anything from them, we only heard some people saying we have been disqualified, no letter or any form of notification to that effect.
“As far as I and other contestants in my group are concerned, we are still in the race for Nasarawa FA election.
“We therefore, call for NFF’s intervention to exercise our right to vie for posts in a free and fair atmosphere.’’
“The competition availed the state FA of the opportunity to discover good talents in the state.
“Good football administration should be felt at the grassroots by both the players and officials, that is what I am bringing on board,” he said.
NNN reports that NFF has given all the state FAs deadline between May 26 and June 30, for their board executive officers’ elections.