*Communiqué lied against discourse at Congress
*At no time was Pinnick’s CAF candidature discussed
minister of Youth and Sports Development, Barrister Solomon Dalung, has been attacked by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) which claimed the Annual General Assembly ordered her to reply the minister in his comments at the opening of the meeting.
Accordingly, the NFF statement portrayed the Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, as “misinformed about the activities of the Federation.”
Consequently, the NFF claimed her Congress expressed satisfaction with the explanation provided by the Executive Committee on a number of issues raised by the Minister mandated the NFF to reply him.
The Minister had in his remarks at the opening ceremony of the General Assembly in Lagos on Sunday, talked about division within the NFF Board, FIFA Audit Query and late submission of memos on the activities of the Federation.
The Amaju Pinnick-led NFF told the Assembly (by its own written admission) “that at no time previously (official or unofficially) did the Minister raise these issues with the NFF leadership to obtain clarification, which the Federation would have gladly provided, just as it did to the House Committee on Sports during a recent sitting on its budget performance and budget proposal.” Implication? The Minister lied.
Indeed, the audited account of the Federation for the year, as audited by PricewaterhouseCoopers, an internationally reputable audit firm, was presented and adopted at the General Assembly, said the NFF statement.
Therefore, the General Assembly empowered the NFF Executive Committee to provide detailed explanation to the Office of the Minister on all the issues raised and to publish them as a matter of public records, for the avoidance of doubt and for information of the general public, NFF partners and sponsors, the statement asserted.
The communiqué issued at the end of the NFF Assembly reportedly “passed a Vote of Confidence on the NFF Executive Committee and also endorsed the candidature of NFF President, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick for election into the CAF Executive Committee at the CAF Congress in Addis Ababa in March 2017.”
There was no time during that Congress where the CAF election and ambition of Mr Pinnick was raised and discussed. So, how did it find its way into the said communiqué? This confirms the fact that the communiqué had been written far ahead of the meeting.