There are strong indications that the Nigeria Football Federation has perfected plans to install Ifeanyi Ubah as the new chairman of the Nigeria National League (NNL), Nigeria’s second-tier football league.
The tenures of the boards of the NNL, the Nationwide League One (NLO) and the Nigeria National Women’s League (NNWL) expired last year, with the NFF announcing that it would conduct elections into the boards.
They have since made a U-turn, going ahead to announce ‘independent’ bodies to run the affairs of these league bodies, just like it is with the League Management Company (LMC) and the Nigeria Professional Football League.
It is now understood that the Glass House has decided to make Ubah the new chairman of the NNL, which will automatically make him an executive board member of the NFF.
Speaking on the condition of anonymity, a member of the NNL congress revealed to fcnaija.com that the plan has already been perfected.
“This is what they (NFF) have decided to do. Instead of holding elections, they have decided to sell the leadership of the league to Ifeanyi Ubah,” the NNL congress member said.
Ifeanyi Ubah is the billionaire owner of Nigeria Professional Football League side, FC IfeanyiUbah.
He was controversially elected as chairman of the Anambra State Football Association on Tuesday May 3rd, in an election that was scheduled to have held today Wednesday May 4th.
If he eventually becomes chairman of the NNL, that automatically qualifies him to contest for positions in the NFF in 2018, considering the decree by the NFF congress of December 2015 to streamline eligibility to contest for positions in the Glass House to only its former and present members.