NFF Accuses Former African Best Player of Violating Football Statutes

Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has accused former African Best Player, Victor Ikpeba of alleged violation of football statutes.

The chairman of chairmen of NFF, Alhaji Ibrahim Musa Gusau alleged that the former African best soccer star (CAF Best player, 1997) indulged in the conduct of Delta state FA elections, explaining that the election, when conducted, violated the provisions of football statutes.

Gusau disclosed that Delta FA has been enveloped in crisis, adding that the crisis had lingered on despite all attempts for mediation.

He said the Delta FA elections which sprung up Ikpeba as the state FA vice chairman is an act that infringes on football statutes.

Gusau, in a statement issued by the federation’s media department, signed by Ademola Olajire, Thursday said “Early last year, the board of the Delta State Football Association wrote a petition against the acting Chairman, bordering on various allegations, and eventually held a congress where the members suspended the acting Chairman.  The NFF took note of the decision because process adopted complied with the laid down regulations for such to happen.

“We gave them ample time to fully resolve the crisis and conduct fresh elections in full adherence to the guidelines provided by the NFF Statutes and the electoral code. But they could not.

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“We were later informed that elections were conducted and a board had emerged. There was no way elections could have been conducted in such miasma of crisis. The so-called elections did not follow the guidelines and the NFF cannot allow such to stand.

“The term of the board of which Mr. Augustine Okocha was chairman, and which later appointed Mr. Edema Fuludu as acting Chairman, expired more than five months ago, without the quagmire being conclusively resolved.

“Delta FA is an affiliate of the NFF. Our position is that it is the football stakeholders in Delta State, and particularly those who are eligible to vote in the FA elections, who will elect people into the Delta State Football Association, not the entire stakeholders in the South-South zone.”

Gusau expressed surprise that 1997 African Player of the Year Victor Ikpeba, who seconded the motion for the suspension of Fuludu – a 1994 Africa Cup of Nations winner with the Super Eagles – is the same man now claiming to have been elected as vice chairman.

He said the federation has set up a body called Normalisation Committee to pilot the affairs of Delta State Football Association following the “long-drawn intractable crisis that bedeviled that affiliate.”

Abdulgafar Oladimeji: Abdulgafar Olawale Oladimeji is a Nigerian born, London school of journalism trained journalist, who started his career in 1998 as a curb reporter in Kano. His work as a reporter has taken him to various African countries.
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