Billionaire businessman, Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah has emerged as Chairman of Anambra State Football Association, after elections were conducted on Tuesday May 3, 2016, where he polled 24 votes.
The election took place at Creek Hotel, Udoka Housing Estate, Awka, after nearly two years of suspense following bickering between Chief Mike Umeh’s faction and the faction led by JBC Obikwelu. Ubah was elected unopposed following the absence of the other chairmanship contestant, Olisa Aniuno.
Ubah, who is President and sole financier of Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL, side FC Ifeanyiubah, thus succeeds Chief Mike Umeh as boss of the state FA after his 16-year reign.
The election, which was conducted by the NFF Election Committee supervised by its chairman, Ephraim Chukwuemeka, also saw the emergence of seven other board members.
Jude Obikwelu emerged the new Vice Chairman, while the following persons were also elected into the board of the Anambra State Football Association from the zones: Amuzie Cyprian Chibuike, Udennanka Anthony Bebeto (Anambra Central); Amene Joe Ifeanyi, Emeka Raphael Udoka, Uduh Kingsley (Anambra North) and; Ifepe Edward Adah, Albert Chinye Theodore (Anambra South).
Chairman of the Anambra State Election Monitoring Committee, E. C. Chukwuemeka confirmed the results yesterday.
Chairman of the Enugu State Football Association, Mr. Chidi Ofo Okenwa also witnessed the elections that took place in Awka, the Anambra State capital. NFF President Amaju Pinnick has congratulated Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah on his victory.
Meanwhile before the election results were announced late Tuesday, one of the aspiring board members, Ikechukwu Igbokwe, had accused the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) of bias and favoritism.
Igbokwe claimed he was suddenly informed of the screening of candidates on Monday, May 2, instead of the Tuesday May 3 date initially announced.