DELTA STATE FA ELECTIVE CONGRESS GETS DOUBLE DATES

BY DAPO SOTUMINU, GUEST WRITER.

There is confusion in the air as the Delta State Football Association Elective Congress may hold on two dates in Asaba.

Some Delta FA members, who preferred anonymity, disclosed that the Chairman of Delta State Sports Commission has picked a date different from the decisions taken by the state FA members.

This the members described as unacceptable, as it is against the plans of the Delta State FA statutorily authorized to organize the Elective Congress.

The state FA members added that, against the Statutes of the Nigeria Football Federation, which authorized the State FA’s to organize their own elections with the state commissioners or commissions only acting observers, the Delta State Sports Commission has hijacked the process of elections in Delta State.

“The Sports Commission has unilaterally fixed dates for the state elections three times without the input of members of the state football association. In quick succession, the first date was June 4, 2019 and later changed to June 5, 2019, before settling for June 9, 2019, when it was discovered that the two earlier dates fell on public holidays. All these were done without consulting the state FA board “

The Delta FA members disclosed that, they officially met in a scheduled meeting ahead of the Elective Congress and agreed to hold their elections on June 13, 2019 in Asaba 2019 with the supervision of the Electoral Committee appointed to carry out the exercise.

 According to the NFF Statutes, the state FA must be run independent of the state sports Commission or sport ministry.