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Aniuno threatens court action over Anambra FA polls

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LawThe controversy surrounding the May 3 Anambra State Football Association (FA) polls has taken a new turn following the threat by one of the contestants, Olisa Aniuno, to take a legal action against the body and Nigeria Football Association (NFF) if the alleged fraud in the conduct of the election was not corrected within two weeks.

The Guardian recalls that Mr. Ifeanyi Ubah won in the polls conducted on May 3, a day before the date originally fixed for the exercise.

Aniuno is claiming that the sudden and unannounced change in date excluded other contestants from the polls..

As a result, the contestant and the Conference of Association of Football Clubs of Anambra State, comprising 36 teams in the state, petitioned the Minister of Youths and Sports to intervene in the matter with a view to resolving the crisis.

In his petition to the Minister of Youth and Sports dated May 20, 2016, made available to newsmen in Awka yesterday, Aniuno alleged that the purported Anambra State FA polls was manipulated by the NFF in conjunction with the Anambra State Football Normalization Committee set up by the federation.

He said the polls would have been conducted and concluded in July last year when he bought the form and was duly screened and listed as a chairmanship candidate for the election.

“The minister as a matter of urgency should rescue the Anambra State Football Association and NFF from the scandal and crisis that it has been engulfed in.

“I have continued to show maturity and calmness in the face of all these unwarranted criminal conduct. I will not fold my hands and watch a group of shameless people impersonate and parade themselves as the Anambra State F.A. Board when they are not,” he said.

The conference alleged that the Clifford Okoye-led normalization committee instead of resolving the protracted crisis in the Anambra FA went ahead and conducted the May 3, 2016 polls ahead of the date fixed for the election.

The conference further urged the Minister to instruct the NFF to direct a new electoral committee to the effect that the 2016 election must be held with delegates being football clubs that are currently registered and affiliated with the NFF and not amorphous teams that were never affiliated to the federation or that are no longer in existence or which were affiliated at some previous time not being the current year 2016.


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