The Nigeria Football Federation, NFF Board has hatched a plot to stay in office for another four years with hurried amendments of its statutes contrary to the directives of footballâ€™s world governing body, FIFA.
First plot the Alhaji Sani Lulu-led Board has allegedly carried out is the pruning of the number of delegates with voting rights from 101 to 45, presumably to allow for easy convincing of the few members.
According to a source close to the federation, â€œthey have removed all the 36 state FA secretaries as delegates and want all the 20 clubs in the Premier League to be represented by just one delegate.â€
It was however gathered that FIFA wrote to the NFF asking it to bring the amended statutes to its Zurich headquarters for scrutiny and fine-tuning before submitting it to the congress for adoption but this has not been adhered to.
According to our source, FIFA raised about 23 amendments it wanted the NFF to work on and instructed the federation to conduct its election before the commencement of the World Cup in June but the NFF has rolled out a time-table fixing the election for August, a clear one month after the World Cup.
As a way of thwarting the plot, our source has urged the NFF Congress to insist on getting the FIFA letter which stipulated the areas to be amended in advance so they could study it to prepare their own inputs.
It would be recalled that the leadership of the NFF during a tour of State Football Associations last year promised to release the sum of N500,000 to each of them for projects in their respective states, an action which was described by stakeholders as â€˜bribeâ€™ to enable key officers to be returned during the election when it eventually holds.
Even though the NFF denied it, stakeholders wonderedÂ why the largesse did not come immediately the present Board took office but now that the Board election was drawing near. They also wondered why the same NFF which always complained it had no money to carry out its, could afford to cough out N500,000 to each State FA.
The latest is the wooing of the state FA chairmen with the trip to Angola for the Nations Cup with the accompanying estacode. Yet the same NFF is yet to tell Nigerians how far it has gone with the investigation into the missing $236,000.