The Electoral Panel of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) has disqualified the acting Chairman, Mike Umeh, ex-internationals, Taiwo Ogunjobi and Segun Odegbami from contesting elections into the office of the chairman.
The Committee on Wednesday, disqualified the three major aspirants for the office of the President of the federation. Those disqualified include ex-Nigerian international and 1980 Nations Cup winner, Segun Odegbami; former scribe of the NFF, Taiwo Ogunjobi; and current Acting Chairman of the Federation, Mike Umeh.
While Chris Giwa, who owns Nigeria Premier League side, Giwa FC, is now the only candidate left in the run.
The NFF elections are scheduled to hold on August 26, 2014.
Minister Rejects Disqualification
Meanwhile, the Minister of Sports, Tamuno Danagogo, said on Wednesday afternoon that the government was opposed to the decision of the electoral committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), to disqualify some candidates.
Mr. Danagogo, who is also the chairman of the National Sports Commission, NSC, stated this while addressing journalists in Abuja.
“We do not support any process that looks fraudulent,…, that produced one candidate. We want a situation where all stakeholders will contest and neat result will come out.
“For that reason, to us it is proper and it is acceptable to let the press know that we agree with the aggrieved persons in totality,” he said.
The electoral committee had on Wednesday morning disqualified ex-Nigerian international and 1980 Nations Cup winner, Segun Odegbami; former scribe of the NFF, Taiwo Ogunjobi; and current Acting Chairman of the Federation, Victor Umeh.
Only one candidate, Chris Giwa, owner of Giwa FC, was cleared to contest for President of the NFF.
Mr. Danagogo, however, condemned the electoral process expected to lead to the August 26 election of new leaders of the NFF.
“(This) level of ineptitude is certainly not acceptable. NSC will not conduct elections for them. We will do everything possible to conduct free and fair election.
“If it means we will delay the process or resell the form. Forms should be open to individuals eligible to compete,” he said.