More details have emerged surrounding the leadership tussle between Nigerian football administrators, Amaju Pinnick and Chris Giwa.
It is widely known that this particular crisis which have engulfed the football sector began in 2014 after two separate elections produced both men as the President of the Nigeria Football Federation.
In a stakeholders’ roundtable on the state of governance of Nigeria football called by the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Barr Solomon Dalung, it was revealed that Pinnick had refused to grant Giwa his conditions for peace.
According to the minister while making his speech, he stated that upon resumption as a minister in November, 2015, he was not briefed on the existing crisis.
In a bid to explain why the crisis has refused to die down, the minister revealed again that he had called the warring parties to a meeting at the National Stadium which did not end well following exchange of unpalatable words initiated by Pinnick.
While not relenting on finding a long lasting peace, Dalung stated he once again called them into his office them as good Christians to sheath their swords.
According to the minster, “Giwa felt abandoned but stated he will support Amaju Pinnick presidency on two conditions – give his group 2 positions in the board and chairmanship of a committee”.
With the expectation that Pinnick would concede to Giwa’s demand, according to him, he was shocked to learn of a congress being conveyed which led to Giwa’s purported ban.
The matter took a downturn after the Supreme Court judgement and had the World Cup plans of the Super Eagles in jeopardy. The minister however said he was able to convince Giwa to downplay the execution of the judgement till after the tournament.
Meanwhile, Dalung further revealed how Giwa once again asked Pinnick-led group to sponsor some members of his group to Russia which again was rebuffed by the Secretary-General of the NFF, Mohammed Sanusi who said some of the names on the list were banned and there was no money to sponsor those who were not banned.
With this development and based on court orders, the minister stated that he simply complied with the orders to avoid contempt of court.
He however charged the ‘elders’ of the football family comprising of past NFF chairmen as a matter of urgency meet with the warring parties and come up with a long-lasting solution.