Dalung Declares Planned NFF Election Illegal
The Minister for Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung won’t just allow the Nigeria Football Federation to be, his reason(s) are best known to him.
In a new twist of events after the FIFA ban episode, he has stated that the forthcoming September 20 elections into the board of the NFF billed for Katsina is not recognised before the law of Nigeria.
The sports minister claims that only technical football matters cannot be taken to a civil court, but when a matter infringes on a person’s right such a person is entitled to take it to court.
Dalung also says the current board never existed, so if they go ahead to conduct the elections, it’s still like they have done nothing.
“We must come back and deal with the issue of the court,” Dalung began in the media statement made available to Bounce Sports
“The best way to resolve this issue is, first to engage themselves honestly and ensure that the matter is taken out of the court.”
“The argument where people are saying football issues cannot be taken to court except court of arbitration, those people speaking this have not even read the FIFA statutes.”
“FIFA statutes only limited technical issues to the court, issues like fixing of matches, players, organisation of a match because these can truncate the progress of football.”
“But things that has to do with personal right of an individual are within the domain of national laws. For example we have the United Nations Declaration Consumer Right which accorded every individual to seek redress, you cannot take that right away by any international statutes.
“Section 41 of Nigeria constitution provides that any citizens who feels is aggrieved, suspect that his right has been trampled upon, can approach the high court to seek redress.
“These are rights that no statutes can take away.
“You have to go and look at the content of those statutes. The statutes still limit and protect the right of individual to seek redress under municipal law.
Already, NFF executives are already in Kastina to prepare for their elective congress fixed for the September 20.
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