Can the Sports Ministry drag their feet over a directive from the Presidential Task Force and be justified?
Will the Sports Minister, Ibrahim Isa Bio see the position of the PTF as interference and take a different position?
These posers would have to be sorted out before Thursday, August 26, a date that could be anÂ impending calamity on Nigeriaâ€™s football. On that day, the Nigeria Football Federation elections are supposed to be held after they failed to hold last Saturday due to state intrigues.
Nigeriaâ€™s government was said to have asked for postponement but sports minister, Isa Bio arrived from London to dispel that and asked for the newÂ date. The Congress accepted his plea and the FIFA observers approved the shift since it came from the Congress.
But the PTF rose from their meeting Sunday night and directed the sports ministry to ensure that the elections are postponed.
The Minister of Sports, Director-General of the Ministry/National Sports Commission, NFF President, their Secretary-General are, by virtue of their positions, members of the PTF. Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State is Chairman of the PTF. Other members include Segun Odegbami, Jay Jay Okocha, John Fashanu, John Moutroudes, Col. Aminu and Larry Izamoje.
We gathered yesterday that the PTF expressed disappointment that the ministry failed to make the delegates to the NFF Congress see reason why the elections should not hold now.
â€œThe ministry was reprimanded for failing to postpone the election outrightly,â€ our source said, adding that â€œthey were told to go and postpone that election even if that would earn Nigeria a ban from FIFA.â€
The minister, our source said, did not attend the meeting.â€œThey tried to reach him onÂ phone but they did not
and another representative was finally asked to go and do a good job of postponing the elections,â€ reliable government source said.
After two members of the PTF confirmed this one member denied it, saying that he was not aware of such orders.
The PTF was appointed to help Nigeria qualify for the last World Cup and they have been playing some supervisory role in football.
They were behind the appointment of Lars Lagerback and offered the $1.3 m the Swede took for five months that he was worked as Nigeriaâ€™s coach. He failed woefully at the World Cup.