NFF Suspends Rivers State FA Elections Amidst Voting Controversies

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have suspended elections into the board of the Rivers State Football Association till further notice, has gathered.

Elections into the board of the Rivers State FA were earlier scheduled to hold on 4th June 2019, according to a memo issued by an Electoral Committee inaugurated by the Christopher Green-led board of the FA and headed by Millerye Atiyegoba.

This new committee was to replace an initial one headed by Christian Udogu that was dissolved earlier.

However, a petition signed by renowned journalists China Acheru and Cyril Dum-Wite, as well as former footballer Victor Ezeji and Kingsley Olisa, all contestants in the elections, led to the decision of the Nigeria Football Federation to recall the Chris Udogu-led Electoral Committee which started the entire process.

Letter of Dissolution of the Electoral Committee

In the petition, the complainants told the NFF to call Barrister Green to order and disband “the phantom electoral committee instituted without input of the congress and reinstate the Chris Udogu led Committee.”

The petition further accused the Rivers State FA boss of sacking the electoral committee after they had started the election process, sold forms and screened candidates only to bring in another one just for the purpose of conducting the elections.

A top source at the NFF told that the Federation have already written to Barrister Green to furnish them with minutes of the congress meeting that dissolved the Electoral Committee and an attendance register of the meeting which he has failed to do after two weeks.

On Friday, May 31, 2019, a letter from the NFF was sent to the Rivers State FA suspending the electoral process until all outstanding issues were sorted out.