The Nigeria Football Federation's (NFF) Appeals Committee, headed by barrister Okey Ajunwa, has upheld the polls that brought in the Amaju Pinnick-led Executive Committee of the Federation.
Four football stakeholders - Muazu Suleyman, Sani Ferma, Iyke Igbokwe and Shehu Dikko - had challenged the polls on the grounds that they violated many aspects and therefore should be annulled.
But, in its verdict signed by five of the six members of the panel, the Committee unanimously decided that various FIFA directives and Congressional decisions had taken care of all Suleyman and Igbokwe's allegations and threw out Ferma's argument that the results of the elections were "filed out of time".
The Committee also refused to consider Dikko's appeal by claiming that on November 13, he had written a letter to chairman Ajunwa saying he was withdrawing it.
Those who signed the verdict are Dotun Coker, Mallam Sani Mohammed, Bala Garba, Victor Nwangwu and Mohammed Sanusi, who served as the secretary of the Committee.
Only Ajunwa resolved to take a minority position on the validity of the elections, contrary to that of the five other Committee members, who felt that the opinion of every member should be considered on every appeal as is the global practice.
The differences manifested after Ajuwa refused to append his signature on the decision of the Committee.
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