Mr. Amoni Biambo, an accomplished professional and businessman based in Port Harcourt, was on Monday elected Chairman of the NFF Electoral Committee, saddled with the responsibility of conducting elections into the NFF Executive Committee and into the Nigeria Premier League, Nigeria National League, Nigeria Women League and Nigeria Nationwide League, come August 2014.
Elected as Vice Chairman is Dr. Akpo Mudiaga Odje, from Delta State, as the Electoral Committee swung into action ahead of the August polls. Other members are Professor Musa Garba Yakassai, Mr. Charles Nwokocha, Mr. Pascal Patrick, Dr. Omolawon Kayode and Mr. Prince Elube. NFF General Secretary, Barrister Musa Amadu, is secretary.
Also inaugurated was the NFF Electoral Appeals Committee, with Barrister Eddy Mark, Mr. Dotun Coker, Mallam Bala Garba, Mr. Victor Nwangwu and Mallam Sani Mohammed Gusau as members. The secretary is Lawrence Katken, NFF’s Assistant Director (Competitions).
The Zonal Coordinators’ Forum was also inaugurated at the same occasion. While Barrister Chris Green is coordinator for the South South region, Sir. Ephraim Chukwuemeka will coordinate the South East and Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi will coordinate the South West.
Alhaji Yusuf Ahmed Fresh is in charge of the North Central, Alhaji Hussaini Modibbo takes charge of the North East and Alhaji Ibrahim Musa Gusau holds fort in the North West. The secretary is Tunde Aderibigbe.
While inaugurating the zonal coordinators’ forum , NFF President Aminu Maigari, who was represented by Alhaji Muazu Suleyman, a Member of the NFF Executive Committee and CAF Match Commissioner, said: “Zonal coordinators are persons of timbre and calibre, who abide totally by the dictates of the NFF and FIFA Statutes for fairness and thoroughness, while eschewing favouritism, parochialism, nepotism and other negative tendencies.
“It is impossible for the NFF President, or the other Members of the Executive Committee, to be everywhere at the same time. Zonal coordinators do a lot of work to bring to the attention of the NFF Executive Committee, the urgent needs and requirements of the different geo-political zones, in a harmonised and coherent manner.”
Inaugurating the Electoral Committee and the Electoral Appeals Committee, Maigari stated: “I must state here that all the members of the two Committees come highly recommended. That goes without saying, having been elected at the highest forum of Nigeria football – the NFF Annual General Assembly, which took place in Warri, Delta State on Thursday, 28th November, 2013.
“I am convinced that the persons in the Electoral Committee are condemned to do a great job, going by their pedigree and personal accomplishments in the game. Elections are all about fairness and credibility. Without these guiding principles, an election becomes a farce, and all manner of unwarranted distractions come along.”