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Peterside Threatens To Sue If Barred From NFF election

Presidential candidate and former Nigeria goalkeeper Idah Peterside has promised to sue if prohibited from running in the September 30 Nigeria Football Federation election.

Following rumours that some of the contenders would be disqualified before Election Day, Peterside made this announcement during a live radio broadcast with Sports Salsa, which our correspondents were listening to.

The NFF presidency contest took an interesting turn when incumbent Amaju Pinnick, the first man to lead the body for two terms, announced he would not seek for a third.

At the Annual General Assembly earlier this month, September 30 was announced as the date for the election, with the electoral and appeals committees set up.

With 31 days to the all-important day in Nigerian football, the coast is definitely not clear of potential turbulence and crisis, as about 15 contenders battle for the single position of the NFF president, who all picked up their forms on Monday in Abuja.

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Reacting to the rumour of possible disqualification, Peterside said he would take the electoral committee to court if denied the right to contest.

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“We will go to court,” the former Super Eagles media officer stated bluntly, when asked about the action he would take if he was screened out by the electoral committee.

“It wouldn’t make sense because when I played for Nigeria they did not screen me. When I playing for Nigeria they said I was a Nigerian and based on the fact that I was born here and I have a Nigerian passport that should be the qualification, except they have a crime against me or I have committed a crime that does not qualify me for the position.

“Except for those, there is no reason to disqualify me and I don’t care where I am living because that shouldn’t be the criteria, as long as I have a Nigerian passport.”

The South Africa-based Idah added, “I have looked at the statutes and we need to challenge some of them. I am not saying I am going to be disqualified because there is no reason for that. I live in Port Harcourt, I own a house there and I can work anywhere in the world, but I pay my taxes here in Nigeria, I run an academy here and I think I am qualified.

“I have been involved in football administration in Port Harcourt for 15 years, so what will be the reason for the disqualification? I don’t think we should be talking about that.”

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