FIFA rejects Chris Giwa’s NFF Board, approves Sept 4 for election

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The World football Governing body, FIFA has dissociated itself from the Chris Giwa led Excutive board of the Nigeria Football Federation and ordered the group to vacate office on or before Monday midnight, September 1, 2014.
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Giwa was declared the President of the country’s apex football body on Tuesday at a elective congress held at Chida Hotel, Abuja following a landslide victory over the former NFF Vice President Mike Umeh.

In a letter signed by Jérôme Valcke and addressed to NFF General Secretary, Musa Amadu and dated August 29, the World Football governing body declared the election congress that produced Mr. Chris Giwa is unacceptable, based on it recieved correspondence.

Fifa however highlighted the implications should Giwa continue to parade himself as the NFF Presdient, stressing that the World governing body will seek no other option than presenting Nigeria’s case before its Executive committee for sanction.

The body further declared the Congress held at Bentley Hotel as valid while that of Chida hotel as not acceptable due to it .

“We refer to the enclosed reports we have received from members of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and the Association of Professional Footballers of Nigeria, as well as to information relayed by the media with regard to the events linked to the general assembly of the NFF on 26 August 2014,” the statement read.

“We understand from the sequence of events that the general assembly duly convened by the NFF Executive Committee could not start as planned because some NFF members, including the president, were being held by security forces for questioning.

“We also note that, despite these absences, some members decided to hold an impromptu ‘elective general assembly’ while the delegates were supposed to be deciding on a new roadmap leading to elections for a new NFF Executive Committee.

“According to the enclosed reports, 39 out of 44 of the delegates then resolved to hold an ad-hoc general assembly during which they decided that elections would be organised for 4 September 2014 and elected new members to the electoral committees.

“Finally, we have learnt that the persons who claim to have been elected during the so-called ‘elective general assembly’ have come to the NFF offices claiming to be the legitimate president and members of the NFF. It also appears that the Ministry of Sports has recognised them.

“As stated previously, FIFA deems the general assembly to be the highest decision-making body of any football association and that its decisions are consequently binding, provided that these comply with the member association’s own statutes.

“According to the facts reported to us, it appears that the vast majority of the NFF members decided to set the elections for 4 September 2014 and we consider this decision to be valid since it was taken by the highest decision-making body (the NFF general assembly) and conforms to what has been previously reported to FIFA.

“As a consequence, we will not recognise the outcome of the abovementioned elections and should there still be persons claiming to have been elected and occupying the NFF offices at midnight on Monday 1 September 2014, we will bring the case to the appropriate FIFA body for sanctions, which may include the suspension of the NFF.

“We ask you to inform all parties concerned accordingly and we thank you in advance for keeping us informed of any developments in the situation. In particular, we would like you to confirm that the date of 4 September 2014 will be met because the timing seems very short,” Vackle’s letter concluded.

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