One of the presidential aspirants ahead of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF election, Anyanwu Marcello has appealed to the electoral committee to reconsider his disqualification and grant him a waiver to contest the presidency.
Marcello a seasoned football coach and astute administrator with a proven track record both in Nigeria and abroad also seek the amendment of the NFF Statutes to give more stakeholders the opportunity to be part of the electoral process.
The former Arsenal football academy coach in a statement on Monday called on the NFF electoral committee to rescind their decision to disqualify him from the election stressing that he was not officially communicated as to why he was disqualified.
Former Arsenal soccer school coach, Anyanwu said he was shocked and disappointed when some concerned Nigerians called him that he was disqualified from the election.
“Up till today, the screening committee is yet to communicate with me either by mail, SMS, or phone call as detailed in the forms I submitted. Up till now, I don’t know why I was disqualified. Why did they not get across to me personally? I am appealing to the electoral committee to rescind its decision and give equal chance to all the aspirants.
“I bought my form and provided all the necessary documents required by law. My disqualification was on technical grounds which can be waived.NFF screening committee should grant me a waiver and allow me to contest the forthcoming NFF presidential election,” he said
The former MFM coach insisted that some sections of the electoral guidelines are rigid and should be amended.
Meanwhile, Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja last Thursday stopped the Nigerian Football Federation election billed to hold on September 30 in Benin City, Edo State.
The court, presiding over the matter in suit number FHC/ABJ/CS/1376/2022, also ruled that all parties should maintain the status quo and adjourned further proceedings till October 31.