The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is thinking of postponing the date of its scheduled elections into various positions in the Executive Committee of the body.
The much-anticipated poll is billed to hold on August 26 in Abuja but that date may not be realistic again given the prevailing political intrigues surrounding the impeachment of Aminu Maigari by eight members of the Executive Committee last month and the subsequent split within the wider football family.
Maigari’s impeachment has not gone down well with his faithfuls, comprising mostly of the State Football Association’s chairmen, 26 of whom gathered to quash his impeachment.
Though they were rebuked by the NFF for holding an un-authourised gathering, Sports Vanguard learnt that such an act by the pro-Maigari group has made the present leadership of the NFF, to realise that Maigari was in strong control of the State FA Chairmen and it flows from there that going on with the planned election on August 26 may be counter-productive to the ambition of the Mike Umeh group.
The fear of the pro-Maigari camp, we learnt, informed the postponement of the Extra-Ordinary Congress of the NFF, where the impeachment of Maigari was supposed to have been ratified by the State FA Chairmen but sensing that things may not go in their favour, Umeh and his backers postponed the meeting to a yet to be determined date.
And another postponement in the shape of the August 26 elections is now being strongly considered by Umeh, to allow for wider consultations and horse-trading to swing the pendulum in his favour before the elections date.
“It is very clear to Umeh and his people that Maigari is still in control of the State FA Chairmen, which makes going ahead with the elections on August 26 an unwise thing to do because the Maigari group will have their way and get their people into the board of the NFF.”, said the source.
He added that “as I am talking to you now, the Umeh group is reaching out to the State FA Chairmen to talk them over and join the new dispensation before going ahead with the elections”,