Nigeria’s internal football problems continue

The internal problems in Nigeria’s football seem far from over as the chairman of the Nigeria Premier League, NPL Electoral Committee, Tony Rafua resigned on Thursday.

Pic: Davidson Owumi

Rafua was last week sacked as chairman of the electoral committee by three breakaway members.

In the communiqué that sacked Rafua, the signature of Suleiman Muazu was forged.

Muazu, who is a permanent secretary in the Sokoto State Ministry of Agriculture, was alleged to have used two different signatures on two documents on the same day, but in his defence, he admitted signing one of the documents, while the other was signed on his behalf.

Document showing forged signature

Muazu had signed his authentic signature on the payment schedule where he acknowledged receiving payment for the committee's sitting on August 24, 2011, but another signature was used to authenticate his agreement to the communique issued by three breakaway members at a meeting at Lamonde Hotel, Abuja, where they purportedly endorsed the sole candidature of Chief Rumson Victor Baribote and Alhaji Abdulazeez Mohammed for the NPL chairmanship and chairman of chairmen respectively as well as the removal of Rafua as the chairman of the NPL Electoral Committee.

After that incident, Rafua tendered his resignation as chairman of the committee saying his commitment to peace, understanding and working with all for the growth of the game is not overshadowed by his personal interests and he is giving others the chance to serve.

Since a court in Nigeria mandated that fresh elections be conducted for the NPL there has been a controversy as regards the status of the former chairman, Davidson Owumi who, it is believed may not be eligible to contest leaving Victor Baribote Rumson as the sole candidate for chairmanship.

As a result of this tussle for power, the Nigeria Premier League has run its course for the 2010/11 season without leadership.
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