Incumbent, Amaju
Pinnick got four more years in office on Thursday after he was voted
back by an overwhelming majority of delegates at the Nigeria Football
Federation, NFF elections.
Pinnick got 34 votes out
of 44 available while his closest challenger and immediate past
president, Aminu Maigari got 8 votes.
Taiwo Ogunjobi got two
votes and Chinedu Okoye got nothing.
Pledging to focus even
harder on youth development programs in his second tenure, Pinnick,
who is also the 1st Vice President of the Confederation of African
Football, said there is no victor and no vanquished in the race as
football remained the ultimate winner.
In his acceptance speech,
Pinnick specifically thanked Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari,
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the Secretary to the Government of the
Federation, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of
Justice, the Chief of Staff to the President, the DG, Department of
State Services and the Inspector General of Police for their
tremendous support for the board.
We respectfully ask for
more support as we start a new tenure, during which we aim to
consolidate on our vision of building a sustainable football culture
for our dear country, and continue the great march towards ensuring
financial independence for the NFF.
We owe this country a
lot, and we are committed to working hard to give back so much to it.
We intend to set up a reconciliation team in a few days to reach out
to aggrieved members of the football family with a view to bringing
everyone under one umbrella for the purpose of a united front in the
pursuit of the greater good for Nigerian Football.”
He also thanked the
Governors of Delta and Edo States for their understanding and
support, as well as players and officials of the various National
Teams for their efforts in doing Nigeria proud at all times.
At the opening ceremony,
Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State poured encomiums on the
NFF administration led by Pinnick for its major strides over the past
four years, noting trophies won in the FIFA U17 World Cup, Women
Africa Cup of Nations, the U23 and U20 Africa Cup of Nations, Olympic
football bronze and the recent WAFU U17 Cup triumph in Niger
Republic. He praised the aggressive marketing drive of the
administration that has galvanized a steady move towards financial
independence, while pledging that the Government of Katsina State
will continue to invest in football development because of the game’s
virtues of youth empowerment and meaningful engagement.
Governor Masari, a former
Speaker of the House of Representatives, was accompanied to the event
by top officials of the Katsina State Government, including the
Honourable Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Alhaji
Ahmed El-Marzuq, the Chief Judge of Katsina State, Justice Musa
Danladi Abubakar, the Commissioner for Sports, Alhaji Abu Dankun and
the Grand Khadi, Khadi Hafiz Bakori.
In the event, Pinnick
became the first man since Father Dennis Slattery (of blessed memory)
in 1957 to be elected back-to-back to one of the hottest seats in
world football.
Second –placed Maigari,
the immediate past occupier of the office, warmly embraced Pinnick
after the vote, saying: “The vote has come and gone, and football
is the winner. The focus is football development. I bear no grudge
and I must say that I am indeed delighted by the strides that Amaju
Pinnick has taken since taking over from me four years ago. He is
like a son and I am proud of him.”
Incumbent Seyi Akinwunmi
was even more emphatic in retaining his seat, bagging 41 of the votes
to challenger Sunday Dele-Ajayi’s 2. One vote was deemed invalid.
In other votes, incumbent
Ibrahim Musa Gusau retained his seat as Chairman of Chairmen on the
Board, polling 42 of 44 votes, following the withdrawal of Patrick
Ifeanyi Ubah on the floor of the election.
Ahmed Yusuf Fresh and
Suleiman Yahaya-Kwande retained their seats on the board, after a
nerve –jangling contest that went to three rounds. Chairman of
Kwara State Football Association, Busari Ishola was eliminated in the
first round after polling only 10 votes, leaving Yusuf and Fresh to
vie in the second. Fresh edged it 22-21, and Ishola was then
re-instated to challenge Yahaya-Kwande for the remaining slot from
North Central. In the event, Yahaya-Kwande won by 28 votes to 14.
Emmanuel Ibah defeated
Oswald Atuake 28 votes to 15 to win the remaining slot from the South
South (following Pinnick’s re-election), while Ganiyu Majekodunmi
and Sharif Rabiu Inuwa were unopposed for the South West and North
West slots.
Three candidates slugged
it out in the South East, with Enyimba FC chairman Felix Anyansi-Agwu
winning the lone slot available (as Chidi Ofo Okenwa still has a seat
as Chairman of the Nigeria National League). Anyansi-Agwu polled 32
votes, to nearest challenger Emmanuel Ochiagha’s 8. Jude Obikwelu
and Pastor Emeka Inyama, who withdrew from the contest on the floor
of the election, still got two votes and one vote respectfully.
FIFA observers Luca Piazza
and Solomon Mudege, and CAF observer Sita Sangare witnessed both the
opening ceremony and the entire Elective Congress proper.
Chairman of the Electoral
Committee, Barrister Muhammed Sani Katu afterwards swore in the new
Board.
In his acceptance speech,
Pinnick thanked the Congress for the confidence reposed in the new
board, adding: “We owe this country a lot, and we are committed to
working hard to give back so much to it. We intend to set up a
reconciliation team in a few days to reach out to aggrieved members
of the football family with a view to bringing everyone under one
umbrella for the purpose of a united front in the pursuit of the
greater good for Nigerian Football.”
Next up for Pinnick is his
formal inauguration as the 1st Vice President of CAF, at the body’s
Extraordinary General Assembly in Egypt on Sunday, 30th September.
NEW NFF EXECUTIVE
COMMITTEE
Amaju Pinnick –
President
Seyi Akinwnumi – 1st
Vice President
Shehu Dikko – 2nd Vice
President
Ibrahim Musa Gusau –
Member
Ahmed Yusuf Fresh –
Member
Felix Anyansi-Agwu –
Member
Suleiman Yahaya-Kwande –
Member
Babagana Kalli – Member
Sharif Rabiu Inuwa –
Member
Chidi Ofo Okenwa –
Member
Aisha Falode – Member
Mohammed Alkali – Member
Musa Duhu – Member
Ganiyu Majekodunmi –
Member
Emmanuel Ibah – Member
Mohammed Sanusi –
Secretary

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