By Jacob Ajom
The Nigeria Football Federation has debunked claims by its former Secretary General, Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi that his 10 year ban from all football related matters by the football house was a ploy to scuttle his ambition to contest the next elections into the board of the federation.
In a chat with Sports Vanguard yesterday, Executive Committee member and spokesman for the board, High Chief Emeka Inyama said that Ogunjobi’s claim that he was being witch hunted was “baseless and lacked merit.”
Continuing, Inyama said, “this board believes in playing according to the rules and we are a very responsible board.”
He recalled, “there was an issue, a clear cut case against Ogunjobi and the board set up a panel which went to work immediately. The panel made its findings and recommendations to the board. It was based on this that the board established a case against Chief Ogunjobi.
”It was discovered that he compromised his high offices as Secretary General of the federation, a development we found unacceptable,” he said, adding, “like I said earlier, we want to make sure football is governed by the rule in accordance with the best international practices.”
He also rubbished Chief Ogunjobi’s allegation that he was being victimised because of his ambition to contest in the forth-coming board elections.
“To the best of my knowledge, nobody knows Ogunjobi’s ambition. Has he declared for any post? And, by the way, nobody knows when the elections is coming up. How could we have read his mind to know that he was nursing an ambition for an elections nobody knows the date yet.”
Last Sunday in Addis Ababa Ethiopia, the NFF executive committee handed a ten-year ban from all football related matters to Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi for his alleged role in the transfer saga of youth international and Asec Mimosa hit man, Olukayode Olarewanju.