FIFA has given Nigeria its final warning, following the political interference in the Nigerian Football Federation election process.
The world football governing body had sent the NFF a letter before the elections on 30 November 2014, warning them they would face a suspension should their be any political inter fence in the elections.
However, on 23 October 2014, a High Court sitting in Jos had nullified the elections that brought Amaju Pinnick into office, as the court deemed the gathering in Warri as illegal.
Although, the NFF’s Executive Committee has filed for an appeal against the ruling of the High Court, which annulled the federation’s Elective Congress.
And FIFA have given Nigeria until Friday 31 October 2014 to withdraw the case or face a lengthy suspension.
“Under these circumstances and in order to give Nigerian football a last opportunity to avoid a lengthy ban, we inform you that if by Friday 31 October 2014 at midday Nigerian time we have not received proof that the case has been definitively withdrawn and that the board elected on 30 September 2014 is able to carry out it’s activities without any hindrance, we will refer the case to the FIFA Emergency Committee for implementation of the suspension.”
Meanwhile, the Association of Professional Footballers of Nigeria (APFON) has urged President Goodluck Jonathan to call the Chris Giwa-led faction of the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) to order to end the crisis in the football house.
The Financial Secretary of the association, Edema Fuludu, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
Fuludu explained that the crisis within the NFA could attract FIFA’s ban on Nigeria, a development that was capable of endangering the livelihood of the nation’s footballers.
“The players union is even planning to stage a protest to Mr President to step swiftly into the matter if the minister is not taking action enough.
“So if they are trying to scuttle the lives of Nigerian players it’s very unfortunate.
“Because, a ban means that the people who will suffer are the players – male and female – that have taken football as their profession and occupation; who earn a living from it.
“Not the people who are politically empowered to cause confusion in the system.
“There is one NFA president and it’s Amaju Pinnick – recognised by FIFA, CAF, NFA, and Nigerians.“
NAN reports that NFA is currently embroiled in a legal tussle following Thursday’s ruling by a Federal High Court in Jos which ordered the football executive committee members elected in Warri in September to vacate office.
The court then ordered Chris Giwa, who is also laying claim to the office of the NFA president, to take charge pending the determination of the case