A petition has gone to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) by the forum of local government football council chairmen in Benue State over the dissolution of the football councils.

The council chairmen constitute the board of the state football association and were elected on 20 November 2019, but owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, they could not be inaugurated until  15 December 2020.

The four-year tenure is supposed to lapse either in November 2023 or December 2024, depending on which date is considered the beginning – election date or that of inauguration.

But the chairman of the Benue State FA, Mrs Margaret Ichoen in a memo signed by the Secretary General, Malu Iormgulum, announced the dissolution of the the boards and directed sports secretaries to take responsibility of football administration in the various local government areas pending elections to constitute new boards.

The NFF memo calling for lists of states’ council members whose tenures have not lapsed

The action is deemed inconsistent to a 16 January 2023 directive by the NFF which asked that states FAs that have conducted their Local Council elections and the tenure of the elected officers has not expired should endeavour to send a duly signed list of the elected officials to the office of the NFF General Secretary.

That memo was signed by Ali Abubakar Muhammad, the Head Member Association and Special duty. Instead of forwarding the list of elected members whose tenure was still valid, the Benue State FA announced the dissolution of the members who have in turn, petitioned the NFF.

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