It has been revealed that sports minister Dr. Tammy Danagogo’s preferred candidate in the forthcoming elections into the Executive Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation was once indicted for corruption.
Owner of Nigeria Premier League club Giwa FC, Mr. Chris Giwa, is believed to be the government choice in the race to replace sacked Aminu Maigari as helmsman of Nigeria’s football.
However, a fact-finding team led by M.T Ahmadu of Plateau United found Giwa culpable in a white paper report published in October 2004.
This has led to the refusal of Plateau State FA chairman, Sunday Longbap, to nominate Giwa for the top job as part of the procedure for any aspiring candidate.
“Chris Giwa and his management team of five persons should refund the sum of 2.5 million Naira, the money they could not account for during his stewardship of Plateau United,” read the document.
Among other crimes, the NFF Presidential aspirant was also suspended for six months and banished from Plateau United, after he invaded the pitch to threaten the referee to cancel a goal scored by the Dolphins against Plateau United during his stint with the club.
The fact-finding body also noted that contrary to regulations, Giwa-led management officials always received twice what the players received as match bonus. The players got 5,000 Naira as match bonus for a home game, while the management officials were paid between 10,000 and 20,000 Naira for home matches. This is an anomaly in a game where players who do the work on the pitch are known to earn more than officials.
It will be recalled that acting president, Chief Mike Umeh, was arrested by SSS officials on Tuesday as part of a grand design to force the NFF helmsman to comply with the government’s plot to install the Plateau State man as the next president of the federation.
Many are already disenchanted with the whole electoral process leading up to the elections, claiming rigging has already influenced the decision of the August 26 polls.