The crisis rocking the football association came to the fore when some stakeholders in the state staged a protest to express their displeasure over the inability of the FA to conduct the election into the association as directed by the Nigerian Football Federation.
In a letter signed by the stakeholders – Yaro Abdulqudus, Jibadau Sale, Abubakar Idris – which was made available to our correspondent in Lafia on Sunday, it was alleged that the state FA had refused to act on a letter by the NFF dated November 28, 2018, which directed all states FA to list the electoral and appeal committee members, provide election guidelines as provided by the electoral committee and the state FA status as well as the proposed election date, venue and any other information in relation to the election.
The stakeholders called on the NFF to take proactive steps that would force the FA to follow the process that would ensure transparency in the interest of football development in the state, adding that the process would also ensure peace and unity in the state’s sports sector.
The group claimed that failure to follow the process prescribed by the NFF would violate the laws establishing the federation, saying the state FA needed to be transparent in order to calm the rising tension.
The stakeholders also copied the NFF, the Nasarawa State Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development and Nasarawa State FA in the letter.
However, the state FA chairman Mohammed Alkali confirmed receipt of the letter sent by the NFF Secretary General Mohammed Sanusi, claiming that he had acted on the content of the letter. He said he was waiting for further directives from the NFF.
He said, “The Nasarawa State FA received the letter like other state FAs. The letter requested that we submit a proposal for the constitution of an electoral committee, an electoral appeal committee and suggest a date for the election and send it to the federation for approval.
“Like other states, Nasarawa State has submitted the requested details to the federation and it is when the federation approves our submission that plans will be made known to the public. For now, persons of integrity have been nominated into the electoral and appeal committees. We are now waiting for a feedback from the federation.”
He said he was disappointed that the protesters, who he claimed were not members of the association, failed to make enquiries to know what steps had been taken to implement the directives.