Speaking on Channels Television’s Programme, Sunrise Daily, Obanya said that the federation bodies would not want to associate their ballot with Chris Giwa, explaining that the State Football Association would want the former NFF Secretary General, Taiwo Ogunjobi and Amanze Uchegbulam of their choice to run as president of the association.
Ahead of the Nigeria Football Federation Congress, scheduled for September 20, some candidates, especially those from the South-South and South-East zones have kicked against the choice of Warri in Delta State, by the electoral committee, demanding that the election should be shifted to a neutral venue.
Obanyo said that the congress rule stated that the congress could be held anywhere.
He noted that the congress could hold anywhere in the country, refuting calls by the candidates on the electoral committee and the NFF executive committee to prove their sincerity by moving the poll away from the Delta State capital.
“You can not have one place for the NFF Congress but everywhere. For them (the candidates) to now suddenly say that the people were trying to favour a candidate’, that is why the congress was taken to Warri, I do not think that is healthy but the truth is that the congress can hold anywhere in the country,” he said.
The NFF election has been mired in crisis recently after a faction voted Giwa as the president of the federation but the football governing body, Federation International Football Association (FIFA) brought sanity back after threatening twice to slam a ban on Nigeria’s football.