10 August 2018

Nigeria: NFF Panel Releases Amended Electoral Timetable

Candidates for the 2018 Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) elections now have a new grace period to buy and submit their forms for the polls billed for September 20.

The NFF Electoral Committee yesterday rolled out a new timetable for the elections, which gives intending candidates a fresh grace period August 17 and August 24 to complete their registration for the exercise.

According to the Electoral Committee, "screening of candidates will now be done between August 27 and 29, with names of candidates to be published on August 30.

"Protests and appeals will be heard and treated between September 4 and 6, after same must have been submitted between August 31 and September 3. Publication of final list of candidates will be done on September 7."

The elections into the various positions in the NFF board for the 2018 to 2022 period will hold on September 20.

A statement by the Electoral Committee said it has adopted the adjustments in the time-table as par the resolutions of the NFF Extra-Ordinary General Assembly held in Benin City on August 2.

It also affirmed that the statutory provisions of the 2010 NFF Statutes, NFF Electoral Code 2009 and Guidelines of Elections into the NFF 2018 have been suspended by the Congress.

It added: "In the event that any of the candidates to any of the offices becomes disqualified or incapacitated after being cleared by the Electoral Committee, the office will be reopened for a fresh nomination within a period of five days before the elections."

Meanwhile, operatives of Department for State Security (DSS) returned to the soccer governing body's secretariat in Abuja yesterday.

The operatives of the DSS left the Glass House yesterday, paving the way for faction president, Ambassador Chris Giwa's group to take over the secretariat.

An NFF official told The Guardian yesterday that the DSS return yesterday has returned 'normalcy' to the secretariat.


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