25 November 2010

Nigeria: Blatter Endorses Impeachment of Lulu, Ogunjobi, Others

A former member of the immediate past Nigeria football Association (NFA) board, Mr. Peter Singabele, has expressed shock at the complaint by former NFA president, Sani Lulu Abdulahi, Amanze Ochegbulam, Taiwo Ogunjobi and Bolaji Ojo-Oba to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) over their impeachment in July.

The quartet of Lulu (former NFA president), Uchegbulam (ex-NFA vice president), Ojo-Oba (ex-NFA secretary-general) and Ogunjobi (ex-NFA executive committee member) has dragged the current NFS before the CAS.

Singabele explained that in a bid to save Nigeria football from embarrassment after President, Goodluck Jonathan, ordered the withdrawal of the country's national teams from international competitions for two years, the executive committee of the NFA met with FIFA president, Sepp Blatter, in South Africa.

He added that Blatter's response to solving Nigeria's football problem at that time was implied to mean that the country's FA could go ahead and clean its house in a way that would not negate FIFA's line of non-interference by government.

"I am embarrassed to hear that they have taken the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) because what we did was within the statutes and FIFA knew about it.

Three of us - myself, Aminu Maigari and Obinna Ogba - met with Blatter in South Africa during the World Cup and he endorsed the impeachment," he said.

Lulu, Uchegbulam, Ojo-Oba and Ogunjobi are currently facing court charges instituted by the economic and financial crimes commission (EFCC) for allegedly mismanaging World Cup funds and using their positions as NFF chiefs to enrich themselves.

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