Abuja- Musa Amadu, the Secretary-General of the Nigeria Football Association (NFA), on Tuesday said it was the duty of the association’s board to decide on the inauguration of an arbitration panel.
Amadu who spoke to newsmen in Abuja reacted against the background of a call to that effect by Leonard Igbokwe, a contestant in the association’s Sept. 30 board elections.
“It is not the duty of the NFA management to do so, because there is a process that must be followed,’’ he said.
Igbokwe had told newsmen on Monday that the NFA had received a letter to that effect from FIFA, urging it to constitute the panel to end the NFA leadership crisis justly.
The petitioner, who lost in the election onto the board from the South-East zone of the association, had asked the NFA secretariat to facilitate the process of inaugurating the panel.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that Igbokwe was one of the seven persons who wrote petitions against the NFA board elections held in Warri, Delta.
Amadu said he received Igbokwe’s letter but pointed out that there was a process that must be followed for the panel to be inaugurated.
“The letter came this (Tuesday) morning, and tomorrow (Wednesday) is the last working day before Christmas, and I am not the one to take the decision but the NFA board.
“I need to reach out to the NFA board and let it know about this, and then it will take a decision,’’ he said.
Igbokwe’s call for the inauguration of the panel followed FIFA’s decision through a letter dated Dec. 18.
The world football ruling body had said it was washing its hands off the matter concerning the elections, describing it as an “internal matter’’.
Igbokwe had on Dec. 10, through a correspondence, given FIFA a three-day ultimatum to reverse its decision upholding the NFA elections or risk court action.
FIFA in its response in the Dec. 18 letter had said it does not have the jurisdiction to determine the outcome of the elections.(NAN)