By Jacob Ajom
Satisfied with the presentations of Alhaji Sani Lulu, Amanze Uchegbulam and Taiwo Ogunjobi, the three sacked members of the executive committee of the Nigeria Football Federation who are protesting their Awrongful removal from office,@ the Court of Arbitration for Sports in Lausanne, Switzerland has written to the Alhaji Aminu Maigari board to respond within ten days of the receipt of presentations lodged by the sacked executives.
In a letter to the NFF board, Counsel to CAS, William Sternheimer warned, Aif the respondents fail to submit their answer by the given time limit, the panel may nevertheless proceed with the arbitration and deliver the award.@
The three former executive committee members of the Nigeria Football Federation were eased out of office at an emergency meeting of the NFF Executive Committee on Saturday, July 4, 2010.
Nine members of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Executive Committee signed for the dismissal of the Federation’s President Sani Lulu Abdullahi, First Vice President Amanze Uchegbulam and Technical Committee Chairman Taiwo Ogunjobi from the Committee.
On the other hand, the Committee announced the nomination of Alhaji Aminu Maigari as the Acting President and Obinna Ogba as First Vice President.
A member of the Committee, Princes Bola Jegede, who read the communiqué on behalf of the nine members, explained that the dismissed officials were guilty of dictatorship, limitless powers, misuse of public funds and neglect or marginalization of other members of the Executive Committee.
Aside taking decisions without the knowledge of the board, the Executive Committee members also accused Lulu and his two allies of withdrawing huge sums of money and spending same without approval from the Committee as required by its statutes.
The communiqué says the action of the Executive Committee is in line with Article 34 (m) of the FIFA approve statutes of the NFF, which says “the Executive Committee may dismiss a person or body or suspend a member of NFF provisionally until the next General Assembly”.