Following Sunday’s election into the state’s Football Association (ANSFA), President of FC Ifeanyi Ubah, Ifeanyi Ubah has emerged winner and retains his position as Chairman of Anambra State Football Assocition.
The election was conducted via electronic voting with Jude Obikwelu, a long time vice-chairman of the association returning unopposed. Philip Balepo, a veteran journalist was also elected into the board as a first timer. Other elected members of the board include Joe Amene, Uduh Kingsley, Amuzie Cyprain, Obiefune Collins, Adinnu Okezie and Ada Edward.
Elections were also successfully conducted into 19 Local Football Councils (LFC) while in Orumba South, forms were returned late and bye election would be held on a later date.
The report issued stated that: “The elections held on August 2, 2020 with Obinna Dike as the Returning Officer for the LFC, while Godwin Madubuko was the Returning Officer for the Board Elections. In the LFC elections, there was a tie in the Chairmanship position for Onitsha South with option of a coin toss. A bye election will be conducted for Orumba South LFC which returned forms late. Other 19 LFCs were through”, the statement said. The Electoral Committee thanks the candidates, delegates, agents, stakeholders, media and the government for their collaboration in ensuring a smooth electoral process. Appreciation also goes to the Nigeria Football Federation and Sports Ministry for their roles in the elections,”.
It should be recalled that the Anambra FA elections originally scheduled for July 27 and July 28 were suspended on the orders of the state government that it would violate COVID-19 rules.
The election had reached advanced stage with conclusion of sales and return of forms, screening, appeal and final briefing for all candidates and delegates eligible to participate in the quadrennial election before it was called off by government.
The electoral committee communicated the development to the AnSFA which met and gave it powers to conduct the election through virtual processes. The result of the elections was signed by Jude Anayadufu, chairman of the 2020 AnSFA electoral committee and issued to newsmen by Obinna Dike, Head of Media and Publicity, in Awka.