NFF: Two factions hold separate congresses in Abuja


The General Congress of the Nigeria Football Federation, scheduled for Abuja on Tuesday (today), has become split.

This has resulted in two factions holding two congresses at different venues.

While one of the factions, led by the Secretaries of the states Football Associations met at Chida Hotel, the initial venue of the congress, the other faction, made up of 34 Chairmen of FAs, held theirs at a spot where they were detained by operatives of the Department of State Security.

Trouble started again early on Tuesday when the embattled Chairman of the NFF, Aminu Maigari, was arrested by operatives of the DSS.

Maigari was whisked to the headquarters of the DSS in Abuja along with the Federation’s Secretary General, Musa Amadu, and member of the Executive Board, Christopher Green.

The states FAs chairmen kicked against the arrest of Maigari.

They vowed not to attend any Congress until Maigari was released.

They also insisted Maigari must preside over the Congress.

To show they meant business, the chairmen drove to the headquarters of the DSS to show their grievance.

They went in two buses.

However, one of the buses was detained by operatives of the DSS along the route.

The other chairmen then joined their colleagues being held by the DSS and held their own Congress there.

At the Congress, the chairmen fixed September 4, 2014 for their own Elective Congress.

The venue would be Calabar, Cross River State, where the Super Eagles are expected to tackle their DR Congo counterparts for a slot in the 2015 African Cup of Nations on September 6.

The chairmen equally said Maigari must be reinstated and allowed to preside over the Congress.

Maigari was pronounced by the Minister of Sports and Chairman of the National Sports Commission, Tammy Danagogo, as having resigned and also served out his tenure by midnight of August 25, 2014.

At the Congress in Chida Hotel, the secretaries were still discussing as at press time.

The Eagle Online gathered that Danagogo was being expected at the venue anytime from now. – The Eagle Online