Anambra FA: NFF sets up caretaker committee

The Nigeria Football Federation has set up a caretaker committee to run the affairs of the Anambra State Football Association for the next three months.

This was contained in a statement issued by the communications department of the NFF, which was made available to our correspondent on Monday.

The constitution of the caretaker committee comes after the NFF had declared the election where Ubah was reelected as Chairman of the Anambra FA for another term of four years on July 27, as “an act of brigandage.”

The NFF through the Chairman of Chairmen of Nigerian Football, Ibrahim Gusau, dissociated itself from the election, saying the Anambra State Government had postponed it indefinitely due to COVID-19.

With no election in place, the NFF claimed the tenure of the Ubah-led Anambra FA had elapsed, necessitating the setting up of the caretaker committee.

“The Nigeria Football Federation has set up a Caretaker Committee for the running of the affairs of the Anambra State Football Association, following the expiration of the tenure of the Dr Ifeanyi Ubah-led executive team, and pending the conduct of fresh elections. The tenure of the Caretarker Committee, which will be inaugurated in Awka, the Anambra State capital on August 5 will be for a period of three months,” the NFF statement read.

“Recall that the tenure of the Board of Anambra State Football Association and the Anambra State Local Football Councils elapsed by effuxion of time on April 30, 2020 and May 2,2020 respectively. Arising from the novel coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) and the general lockdown, including football activities, the Anambra State Football Association Congress was convened on April 28, 2020 leading to the extension of tenure of the Board and the Local Football Councils, for another three (3) months, which again expired on August 2, 2020.

“The Electoral Committee was unable to conduct elections into the Board of the State Football Association and the State Local Football Councils on 27th July 2020 in view of the Anambra State Government’s letter to the Electoral Committee complaining of the violation of the COVID-19 protocols of the State.

“Art. 85 of the NFF Statutes 2010 provides that ‘the Executive Committee shall have the final decision on any matter not provided for in the Statutes or in cases of force majeure.’ Consequently, the Executive Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation, in its wisdom, and in order not to create a vacuum do hereby constitute a Caretaker Committee for Anambra State Football Association,” the NFF added.

The caretaker committee will be chaired by Emmanuel Okeke, while Victor Nwangwu will serve as vice chairman.

Other members of the committee are Nonso Philip, Mrs Charity Ebere Okonkwo, and Mrs Onyeabo Chimezie Success, while Onyedika Chijioke will be the secretary.

The NFF also said the caretaker committee is expected to conduct an election into the FA and state local football councils before the expiration of their tenure on November 2.

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