Kwara Football Councils Election: We adhered strictly with laid down rules -Thuraya 


The Chairman of the Kwara State Football Association, Mallam Idris Abdullahi Musa has unequivocally declared that the body adhered strictly with the provisions in the Statutes, Electoral Code and Electoral Guidelines in the ongoing exercises leading to the processes towards the elections in the 16 Local Football Councils. 

Mallam Idris, who is popularly being referred to as Thuraya denies all allegations of manipulation of the processes which was levelled against the FA by some stakeholders, describing such claims as false and baseless.

Mallam Turaya stated this today, Wednesday March 15, 2923, while addressing sports writers at the Kwara State Football House, Kwara State Stadium Complex, Ilorin. 

The State Football Supremo explained that the FA strictly followed the directive  and guidelines of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on the conduct of the elections, based on the required prequisite which must be met by the Councils and individual candidates, before they could be cleared to participate in the elections. 

According to him, “we received directive from the NFF to conduct election from the Local Government Football Councils, and the Extral Ordinary Congress of FA swung into action by empowering the already existing Electoral  and Appeals Committees to execute the process.

Mallam Thuraya confirmed that  members were briefed at a meetings on the procedures which must be followed tenaciously, and the Statutes, Electoral Code and Electoral Guidelines were also made available to them to study. 

“The disqualified Councils did not meet the requirements and even failed to channel their grievances through the Appeals Committee within the time frame provided.

Some of the procedures which the Councils failed to fulfil includes annual subscription, affiliation fees, Electorates list and filling of the Intent Forms correctly, by way of providing the conditions required. 

He implored the stakeholders to study and digest the Statutes of the NFF, especially in the areas of Electoral processes, to avoid misinformation and baseless allegations, just to guarantee free, fair and transparent elections. 

On the pitch of the Main-Bowl of the Kwara State Stadium Complex, which is undergoing regrassing, he said that the pitch will be ready for use from next season, attributing the delay to the slow phase of work at the beginning.

He commended Barrister A. U. Mustapha for giving back to his community through the project, noting that when the regrassing is finally completed, it will attract national and international football tournaments within and across Africa, thereby improving socio-economic development of the host community and the state at large.


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