BY JUDE OPARA, Abuja
Apparently surprised by the sudden claim by the chairman of the Nigeria Nationwide League, Ahmed Kawu that he was forced to sign the impeachment paper which was used to impeach the former president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Alhaji Aminu Maigari from office, a member of the board says they may soon employ the services of the Nigeria Police to carry out a forensic test on the signatures of all the members who signed the impeachment document.
A board member of the NFF, Chief Effiong Johnson said the action of Kawu was “childish and regrettable” and that “Kawu is not man enough to face Maigari and tell him that he willingly supported his impeachment” which, he said, was done in the interest of Nigerian football.
Kawu had immediately after the communiqué of the board meeting which impeached Maigari told journalists that he was forced to sign the document, an allegation the other seven board members said was “a huge fallacy” and an attempt by the embattled Kano State born administrator to deceive Maigari to believe he was on his side.
Johnson who is also the Akwa Ibom State FA chairman told Sports Vanguard in a telephone chat that the action of Kawu may force the NFF to invite the police to carry out a forensic test on all the members who signed the impeachment paper to ascertain whether anybody’s signature was forged or not.
“Kawu should just shut-up because nobody forced him to sign and nobody has ever forged his signature, he is just being childish by accusing people and claiming that he was forced to sign.
“Very soon the board will invite the police for a forensic test on the signatures of all the members that signed, so he should shut up. If he believes that Maigari, the former president of the NFF was his godfather or if he was a member of the cabal, he wouldn’t have signed the document but we did what we did in the interest of Nigerian football,” Johnson stated.
Johnson feels, Kawu may have developed cold feet when he learnt that the names of those who endorsed the impeachment document would be made public insisting that such denial will only end up rubbishing him the more.