Ex-president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Aminu Maigari may be allowed to vie for Thursday’s elections into the executive committee of the football house despite forgery allegation against him.
Maigari, who is one of the four candidates running for the position of president, had his clearance for the elections withdrawn by the NFF electoral committee over certificate forgery allegation.
Chairman of the committee Mohammed Sani Katu had said in a statement that following the allegation, Magari’s clearance was substituted with a “provisional clearance”, adding that there were discrepancies in the certificates submitted by him.
He said that the committee received two petitions against Maigari, adding that the petitions filed by Chuma Onye and Ahmed Shuaibu Gara Gombe are dated September 14 and September 17 respectively.
But sources in the football house say one of the petitioners (names withheld) was paid N500,000 by one of the contestants to ‘do the damage’ against the former NFF boss.
“Everybody involved in this election is aware of what transpired between one of the petitioners and one of the contestants. He was paid N500,000 to do the dirty job. The electoral committee members are also aware. So, I can tell you that Maigari won’t be disqualified,” the Guardian quoted a source to have said.
The other candidates seeking the highest office in the Glass house are the incumbent president, Amaju Pinnick, former secretary general of the body Taiwo Ogunjobi, and a club owner Chinedu Okoye.