The Nigeria Football Federation Appeals Committee on Sunday cleared Ayodeji Ogunjobi and Timothy Heman to contest in the NFF elections, which was earlier scheduled for September 30 but has been put on hold by a court injunction.
According to a statement from the NFF, Ogunjobi was disqualified for not providing evidence of tax payment, while Heman was barred for alleged forgery of his certificate.
“The Committee found as a fact that during the screening exercise by the 2022 NFF Electoral Committee of 11th September 2022, the Appellant (Ogunjobi) was given the opportunity to produce evidence of payment of the tax clearance on or before Tuesday, September 13th, 2022.
“On Tuesday, September 13th, 2022, the Appellant sent the evidence of payment of tax clearance issued by Osun State Internal Revenue Service, dated September 12th, 2022, to the Secretariat of the 2022 NFF Electoral Committee, but the result of the screening exercise was released the same day,” the Appeals Committee said in a statement.
After its findings, the Appeals Committee finally gave Ogunjobi a clean sheet to contest in the NFF elections.
The Appellant is hereby cleared to contest in the elections into the NFF Executive Committee, scheduled for September 30th, 2022 in Benin City, Edo State. There can be no appeal against this decision. (Art.12 (4), NFF Electoral Code, 2009).”
The Appeal Committee said the body lacked the power to investigate further alleged certificate forgery against Heman, and struck out the case.
“Regarding the alleged case of forgery of BSC certificate (Accountancy) by Timothy Heman Magaji, from Taraba State University, Jalingo, the Appeals Committee lacks jurisdiction to entertain the petition.”
“The petition is hereby struck-out and there can be no appeal against this decision. (Art.12 (4), NFF Electoral Code, 2009).”
Meanwhile, is it not certain if the elections will hold as scheduled as the Federal High Court in Abuja on September 15 stopped the NFF from conducting the election following a petition by the players union.