Eight members of the NFF board signed the order of impeachment against their former boss in Abuja on Thursday afternoon
The plot to impeach the former president of the Nigeria Football Federation, Alhaji Aminu Maigari came to fruition on Thursday as eight (8) of the 13 board members of the Federation voted in favour of his impeachment in what seemed like a mini palace coup conducted at the Board Room of the secretariat in Abuja.
Last week Thursday when the NFF Board met and wrote to Fifa that all was well and peace had returned to Nigerian football, which prompted FIFA to lift the suspension placed on the country, the impeachment exercise was stalled as a result of a tie among the 12 members then (with six on both sides). Thirteenth member Felix Amyansi-Agwu was absent as he was out of the country.
The opposition had to re-strategize and they had the upper hand by winning two more members from Maigari’s side despite one of them, Ahmed Kawu alleging that his signature had been forged, that he did not sign the paper for the impeachment.
As expected three board members who are pro-Maigari, namely Chris Green, Emeka Inyama and Ahmed Fresh were joined by Ahmed Kwande to pull out of signing the impeachment notice.
The eight members that signed the document of Maigari’s impeachment, Goal found were those already tipped to be replaced when the August 26th election commences.
This hint was enough for the eight aggrieved members to summon courage to champion the impeachment exercise of the NFF boss.
The eight members that signed the document include First Vice President of the NFF, Mike Umeh, Effiong Johnson, Mua’zu Suleiman, Shehu Adamu, Deji Tinubu, Dilichukwu Onyedima, Felix Anyansi-Agwu and Ahmed Kawu who told reporters that his signature was forged when he stormed out of the meeting today.
After the impeachment, Mike Umeh was appointed as the Acting President of the NFF pending next month’s elections.
The election into the Board of the NFF has seen a lot of names mentioned to be interested in running. They include former Abia State governor, Orji Uzor Kalu, Mike Umeh and Taiwo Ogunjobi whose ban was recently lifted.
By Shemmy Sholabomi [goal.com]
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