Delta FA Crisis: Withdraw Normalisation Committee Or Face Legal Action – NANF Threatens NFF
The National Association of Nigeria Footballers has threatened to sue the Nigeria Football Federation if the football body set up a normalisation committee to take charge of the affairs of the Delta State Football Association for three months pending the conduct of a new election.
In a letter by Sodje & Co., solicitors of the NANF, which was addressed to the General Secretary of the NFF and dated February 7, NANF said the actions of the NFF were “contrary to FIFA statutes, as well as statutes of the NFF itself.”
According to them, the constitution of the normalisation committee was therefore illegal and not known to law.
They therefore gave the NFF seven days to withdraw the normalisation committee or face legal actions from them.
“We are therefore demanding that the NFF withdraw the normalisation committee it set up to run the affairs of the Delta FA. We are giving the NFF seven days to do so,” the letter signed M.V. Atubi, read in part.
“Take notice that if the NFF refuses and/or neglects to comply with our demand as embodied in paragraph four of this letter, we shall go to court over the setting up and inauguration of the normalization committee by the NFF. We shall take the legal action against the NFF without any other notice in that regard from our office.
“Take further notice that if we go to court, we shall ask court to, inter alia, declare the setting up and/or inauguration of the normalisation committee as illegal, null, void and of no effect. We shall, in addition, also ask court to make specific orders to stop the functioning and/or operation of the purported normalisation committee,” the letter added.
The Delta FA had been enmeshed in crisis, with the NFF saying it did not recognise the election that brought in Edema Fuludu as chairman of the FA, setting up a four-man normalisation committee with Henry Nkeki as chairman, to “put in place processes for elections into Local Football Councils and the Executive Board of Delta State within the period of Three months, effective from 16th January, 2020 to April 15 2020.”
Fuludu, however, maintained his stand that the disputed July 2019 election brought him into office and followed all due process.
He said the move by the NFF was a ploy to stampede a “legitimately elected board out of office and install a new board.”
The former Super Eagles midfielder accused the NFF of trying to force him to step down so that another person could become chairman, calling it a “tyrannical and arm-twisting method.”
When our correspondent contacted NFF General Secretary Mohammed Sanusi, he said he was not in a position to talk on the matter. He asked our correspondent to call the “politicians” in the federation.
“I am not a politician, so, the best thing is for you to call the politicians, and find out from them. Call those that are into politics,” he told The PUNCH.