The Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Nigeria Football Supporters Club (NFSC), has ratified the election of Rev. Samuel Ikpea as the Club’s Chairman, just as the body accused the President of Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, of being behind the leadership crisis facing the club.
The club alleged that Pinnick encouraged the former acting national chairman, Vincent Okumagba, and some expelled members of the club to organize a parallel election in Abuja on December 10 even when they were aware that an election was scheduled for Lagos.
Ikpea further noted that the NFF in trying to resolve the crisis, set up a reconciliation committee which appealed to the club to lift the suspension placed on the erstwhile acting national chairman for anti-party activities and then set up an electoral committee for the club to hold its election on December 10 but was surprised that the same NFF encouraged Okumagba to organise another election in Abuja.
He said: “We want Nigerians to note that it is the NFF that is causing our problem by encouraging some an illegal election in Abuja even when he was aware that we organised our election in Lagos which was monitored by eminent Nigerians including former Director General of Nigeria Sports Commission.
Dr. Amos Adamu, former secretaries of the football house, Taiwo Ogunjobi and Bolaji Ojo-Oba, former NFF President, Aminu Maigari and others.”
President of the Elders Forum, Isaac Ukpebor, explained that Okumagba was never a national chairman of the club.