Embattled Acting Chairman of the Delta Football Association, Edema Fuludu says the allegation of financial misappropriation leveled against him, leading to his purported suspension is indeed baseless.
Speaking to Naijafootballplus, Fuludu alluded that the ongoing shenanigans had nothing to do with finances but rather upcoming F.A elections.
A statement signed by the Secretary to the Delta Football Association Azuka Ogosi on Thursday, informed of Fuludu’s suspension following gross financial misconduct.
The former Super Eagles player who until the announced suspension was Acting Chairman, is accused of moving the association’s accounts at Zenith and Eco banks to Sterling bank without the notice and consent of the members and spending without recourse to the board for the past two years.
Fuludu in a chat with Naijafootballplus, explained that the the failure to get former FA boss Jay Jay Okocha, to help effect a signatory change of the Association’s accounts, necessitated the opening of another account, of which he insists other members of the board were fully aware of.
“Let me answer you briefly so that any sensible person will know that they are aware,” said Fuludu.
“When one of our members Timi Ebikagbiro died, this was the account that I used to solicit for funds to assist the family. Almost every member paid into that same account.
“It is named Delta Football Association Account. That’s going to two years. They’re aware.”
Fuludu says the major reason leading to the matter at hand had more to do with upcoming FA elections where it is being insisted that the State Sports Commission will be responsible for providing delegates for the election.
“They are saying that the sports commission should bring the delegates that will vote in our own FA election. That is where the problem started.
“I now said it’s against the rules which govern football because we are affiliates of the NFF. NFF is an affiliate of FIFA and I quoted the NFF electoral code of 2014 for them where in Articles 1 and 2 it is clear that govt has nothing to do with our election at the NFF level and at the state level.”
Fuludu says though the Sports Commission has nominated delegates for the F.A elections in the past, the practice should not be allowed to continue as it violates the electoral guidelines.
“When the current NFF President was chairman of the commission he also doubled as FA Chairman. As FA Chairman he had the privilege to speak to the board and do that, so that’s what they did then.
“They are now telling me that though this man (Tonobok Okowa) is now the Commission Chairman but not FA Chairman it doesn’t matter, that he should do the same.
“I have spoken with them, I have spoken with the man himself, it’s a no go area as far as they are concerned because they don’t want Edema Fuludu.
“This is because I like a level playing field. When I conducted the FA Cup it was me that was responsible for the state teams not getting to the finals.
F.A Local Councils
Edema Fuludu however admits the problem of delegates stems from a non functionality of the local F.A Councils.
“The problem is coming from the fact that the FA local councils has not really been in existence. And I said let us find a way forward.
“Let every representative from the three senatorial district bring the delegates based on certain criteria: People who are in football, people who administer football, people who are coaches, grassroots people, let them be involved.
“They are saying I should not say that one, that the system will continue until the next election after this particular one. It’s an anomaly as far as I am concerned.”