PFAN: Deputy Governor Lied Over NFF Reconciliation Cttee Communiqué
Top officials of the players union PFAN have distanced themselves from a communiqué from an NFF Reconciliation Committee meeting that was chaired by Edo State Deputy Governor Philip Shaibu (PICTURED with PFAN officials recently).
The communiqué, among other things, agreed a united players’ union as well as the setting up of a constitution drafting committee.
However, PFAN offcials, who were led to the meeting by former Super Eagles winger Clement Temile, have maintained that they did not sign a communiqué and that resolutions were not even discussed and developed to lead to an agreement.
“We did not sign that communiqué and have never been a party of such,” one of the PFAN officials informed www.insideglasshouse.com
“The fact was that Deputy Governor was agitated during the meeting, even banging on the table, and our President, Tijjani Babangida, suffered a medical emergency which led to the abrupt end of the meeting.”
PFAN has insisted it is the authentic players’ union and whatever misgivings its members, who went on to form a splinter group, have could be settled internally without the intervention of the NFF.
Deputy Governor Shaibu, who is the Chairman of the NFF Reconciliation Committee, was generously quoted on a Communique after a three-day meeting involving members of PFAN and ANFPU.
Shaibu told the media: “We have collectively agreed to have a one players’ union that is not divided, this is a commitment from PFAN and ANFPU to address abnormalities observed in the cause of the meeting which include slave contracts, ill health and welfare of members”
“We have all agreed that this will be the last of any division in the unions and we have agreed that external factor will not be allowed to dictate the affairs of players Union.
“We have all agreed to set up a Constitutional drafting Committee as three members each from PFAN and ANFPU will make up the members of the Committee. The Committee has provided a legal practitioner to guide it and Felix Owolabi will head the Constitutional drafting Committee.
“In the course of the meeting, we realized that there was need to have one constitution that will take care of the aspiration of all, retired and those players still on active service and also that of the leadership.
“We have all resolved to have a one united, indivisible players Union that will take care of all players in Nigeria and in the diaspora and also the welfare of those that have retired.”