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Aminu Maigari cleared for NFF election despite certificate forgery allegations

11:48 AM EDT 9/19/18
Aminu Maigari
The former NFF boss is seeking a return to the Glass House and he has been cleared to amidst allegations of certificate forgery

Nigeria Football Federation electoral committee has cleared Aminu Maigari to contest as NFF president at the polls in Katsina despite being accused of forging his Grade Three certificates.

Maigari, who was the president of the NFF from 2010 to 2014, has been given a green light to stand for re-election in the September 20 polls amidst investigation over the allegation.

In a statement on Friday, the electoral committee headed by Muhammed Sani Katu confirmed two petitions from Chuma Onye and Ahmed Gara Gombe were lodged against the former NFF supremo.

However, the committee resolved to clear Maigari on provisional grounds by voting despite his failure to honour its invitation to defend the discrepancies in the submitted certificates.

In its resolutions, the electoral committee said: “That the documents submitted by Alhaji Aminu Maigari i.e the Grade Three certificates which are attached to the petitions are indeed not the same both in substance and in content with each other in fact they are contradictory.”

“That the said certificate are submitted to the committee in contravention of Article 5 [1] [i] of the Guideline for the Nigeria Football Federation Executive Committee Election, 2018.

"That the clearance earlier given to Alhaji Aminu Maigari to contest for the office of the President of the Nigeria Football Federation is hereby substituted with provisional clearance."

As it stands, Maigari will stand to reclaim the NFF presidency but must first secure majority votes at the expense of incumbent Amaju Pinnick, Taiwo Ogunjobi and Chinedu Okoye.