Following the expiration of the tenure of Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah-led executive team, together with the pending conduct of a fresh election, the Nigeria Football Federation has inaugurated a Caretaker Committee charged with the responsibility of steering the affairs of the Anambra State Football Association.
The committee will be inaugurated on Wednesday, 5th August 2020 at the state’s capital, Awka and its tenure will span a period of three months. This came less than 24-hours after the Jude Anyadufu led electoral committee set up late May concluded its task on Aug. 2 with a virtual election which returned Sen. Ifeanyi Ubah, the incumbent chairman for the second term.
In a correspondence issued on Monday, the NFF stated that the caretaker committee became inevitable following the expiration of the Ubah led board on July 28, the extension of the life of the board by three months as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the expiration of the grace of three months and the inability of the electoral committee to conduct the elections.
An excerpt from the statement goes thus: “Recall that the tenure of the Board of Anambra State Football Association and the Anambra State Local Football Councils elapsed by effluxion of time on 30th April 2020 and 2nd May 2020 respectively. Arising from the novel coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) and the general lockdown, including football activities, the Anambra State Football Association Congress was convened on 28th April 20202 leading to the extension of tenure of the Board and the Local Football Councils, for another three (3) months, which again expired on 2nd August 2020.
“The Electoral Committee was unable to conduct elections into the Board of the State Football Association and the State Local Football Councils on 27th July 2020 in view of the Anambra State Government’s letter to the Electoral Committee complaining of the violation of the COVID-19 protocols of the State.
“Article 85 of the NFF Statutes 2010 provides that ‘the Executive Committee shall have the final decision on any matter not provided for in the Statutes or in cases of force majeure.’ Consequently, the Executive Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation, in its wisdom, and in order not to create a vacuum do hereby constitute a Caretaker Committee for Anambra State Football Association as follows:
- Mr. Emmanuel Okeke – Chairman
- Mr. Victor Nwangwu – Vice Chairman
- Mr. Nonso Philip – Member
- Mrs Charity Ebere Okonkwo – Member
- Mrs. Onyeabo Chimezie Success – Member
- Mr Onyedika Chijioke – Secretary
“The Caretaker Committee is to administer the activities of the Anambra State Football Association and also conduct elections into the Board of Anambra State Football Association and the Anambra State Local Football Councils within three months, effective from Tuesday, 4th August 2020 to 2nd November 2020. Precisely, the tenure of the Caretaker Committee expires on 2nd November 2020.
Source: The Guardian