By Femi Atolagbe
In a bid to end the lingering leadership crisis bedeveling the Ondo State Football Association (FA), the newly inaugurated electoral committee has promised to conduct a free and fair election that will stand the test of time.
The chairman of the electoral committee, Sir Steve Alabi, while reeling out the guidelines for the election at a press briefing in Akure, the state capital, assured that independent security will be on ground to ensure free and fair election is achieved.
“We are assuring all the intending candidates of our neutrality and to uphold not only the NFF integrity but our own individual integrity.”
The committee said sales and returning of the completed nomination forms will be from February 8 to 28 while the election to the Local Government Football Council and Executive Committee for state Football Association will come up March 18 and March 25 respectively.
The committee warned against campaign of calumny, character assassination, mudslinging and dangerous insinuation and it also prohibited campaign at the venue of election.
“Any candidate that violates any of the election guidelines shall face penalty of fine or disqualification,” he said.
According to the committee, “candidate into the state Chairman must be nominated by the Ondo FA or its affiliates and seconded by his local football council and must not have taken in the past or during the period of the election any footballing or football cause or matter to the ordinary court.”
“He must have been involved in football management and administration for a period of four unbroken years preceding the date of the election in his state with concrete and verifiable evidence.”
Other member of the electoral committee are; Mr Ola Ilesanmi, member, Mr. Wahab Bankole member and Mr Adetoyinbo Ibukun as Secretary.