BY JUDE OPARA, Abuja
Ahead of the emergency congress of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) slated to take place this Thursday in Abuja, there are very clear indications that the camp of the impeached president of the federation, Alhaji Aminu Maigari has started an intensive lobbying of the delegates to the congress with a view to getting them quash the impeachment.
Eight of the 13 board members last week passed a vote of no confidence on Maigari alleging among other things, secrecy in the management of the federation’s funds failure to call a board meeting in eight months, reign of a cabal within the board , financial misappropriation, misapplication and maladministration,
A source close to the Maigari camp hintedSports Vanguard over the weekend that it is not yet time for those who want the Bauchi State born administrator out of the Glasshouse to celebrate because the impeachment was not properly carried out in line with the Statutes of the NFF.
The Source who pleaded anonymity said the action of the board members ran contrary to the rules which he said demands that there must be a two-third of the board or congress members before an impeachment could be said to be valid.
He also cited the case of the chairman of the Nigeria Nationwide League, Ahmed Kawu who did a volte- face denying signing the impeachment document arguing that with such development, the required number for the removal of the president was not met.
“Let me tell you that Kawu is strongly insisting that his signature was forged and if that is true, it then means that only seven people carried out the impeachment and that was not enough to impeach the president because it was not up to the required two-third. According to Article: 37 (4) of the NFF Statutes (2010) which states that a motion for removal must be supported by two-third of the members and I am also aware that there is intensive lobby of the delegates and you will see what will happen at that congress. From what I have gathered, the congress may annul the impeachment”.
It was further learnt that a substantial amount of money has been set aside to be used in the lobbying to ensure the reversal of the impeachment; and that it is most likely that the State FA chairmen who are equally angling to become board members may jump to the offer which Maigari allegedly made to them in Brazil when he told them that only himself, Chris Green, Emeka Inyama and Ahmed Fresh will return while they were free to vie for the rest seats.