Just before the elective congress of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF
gets underway in Katsina, Ifeanyi Ubah has publicly denounced Amaju
Pinnick and declared support for the former president, Aminu Maigari.
Pinnick is the incumbent president of the Nigeria Football
Association and is favored to get re-elected in Katsina on Thursday.
Ubah is a major player in Nigerian football politics as he is
currently chairman of Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL
side, FC Ifeanyi Ubah.
is also contesting for the position of Chairman of Chairmen in
Nigerian football.
Ubah wants Pinnick out as NFF president. No one has ever been
re-elected as NFF president since the era of democracy in Nigerian
Maigari was president of the Federation between 2010 and 2014 before
he was replaced with Pinnick.
Ubah released a statement on Thursday morning in Katsina after a
press conference.
is the full text of the statement.
Aminu Maigari
view of recent developments and the unfortunate retrogression of
Nigerian football over the last one year, it is my staunch belief
that there is an urgent need for a rapid change in the Nigerian
Football Federation; if and only if we desire a better football
sector. The time for that change is NOW.
 Over the last one
year, issues of the lingering crisis in the NFF has landed Nigerian
football in a dismal position with claims and counterclaims of
fraudulent practices being the order of the day. These continuous
bickering and fraudulent practices have ensured that Nigerian
football remains in steady decline and will successfully kill the
Federation if nothing is done about it. It is on this backdrop that I
wish to emphasize on the need for a new leader and President of the
NFF if Nigerian football is to attain greater heights.
I believe that Alhaji Aminu Maigari did well in his tenure as the
38th President of the NFF between 2010-2014, bringing many trophies
and accolades to Nigerian football; way more than the present regime.
I also believe that Alhaji Aminu Maigari’s tenure enjoyed more
tranquillity more than the rancorous tenure led by Mr Amaju
Pinnick.In the interim, I wish to use this medium to
appreciate and accord due respect to Mr Amaju Pinnick for the
development of Nigerian football internationally as he led the
advancement of Nigeria’s frontiers internationally. However, I
believe that Nigerian football on the domestic level is in dire need
of dramatic improvement as Mr Amaju Pinnick has failed in the
discharge of his primary duty with a below-par performance and has
confirmed that he has no magic wand to improve this.

It is
pertinent to emphatically state that I am one of the biggest
investors in Nigerian football, having invested over 10billion Naira
within the last three years. It is also a known fact that our league
which is the bedrock of Nigerian football has lost its glory and has
been unable to attract international investments/sponsorship over the
last three years, thereby exposing our local clubs who have found it
difficult to meet their obligations viz-a-viz payment of salaries and
adequate preparation for matches.
During this period, the NFF
and Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) have lost two major
sponsors: Globacom and Supersport. This unfortunate event has been
largely attributed to top-level corruption and nepotism in the
management of our domestic league. It is clear that the current
leadership structure cannot take us anywhere as the NFF and Nigeria
football scream out for a new lease of life.It is also
germane to note that the current board have unfortunately laid their
undemocratic tenets to bare as they have gone around making boastful
assertions that they will be returned without due recourse to the
electorates. This has virtually shown the extent of corruption
prevalent in the helm of NFF’s affairs as those steering this ship
are doing everything humanly possible to retain their seats in order
to continually perpetrate their dastardly acts of looting and sharing
filthy money. The Nigerian football sector has turned to an arena
where failure to sing the praises of those at the helm of affairs
attracts exclusion and unfavourable treatment. In all honesty, I do
not think I should or can belong to a camp where there are no
democratic tenets as these elements have succeeded in turning
Nigerian football to a cult. There must be change!
Amaju Pinnick

What is
most disheartening is the fact that despite my immense contributions
to the payment of the salaries and upkeep of the Nigeria Super Eagles
handlers when the team were initially appointed, as part of a plea
donation and Corporate Social Responsibility, the leadership of NFF
has till date, failed to acknowledge my huge financial support openly
due to their fraudulent disposition.
Nigeria football sector
has become a place where the effrontery to say things the way they
are attracts the mark for demolition. This is why certain individuals
have made themselves lord over others, especially those who have
control over referees and their selections (i.e. which referee
officiates a match for a particular reason and which match must be
won for a particular reason), those who dictate to the management of
our national team with regards to player selection as well as others
who occupy sensitive positions. As well all know, Nigeria football
and the Nigeria Professional Football League currently runs on a
“pay-as-you-go” basis where the highest bidder carries the day.
While complaints have flooded the glass house, those in charge have
done next to nothing in a bid to change this ugly trend. In the last
2 seasons, the League Management Company has paid virtually nothing
to Nigerian clubs as their quota from proceeds. These cancerous
conducts have killed the Nigerian league.I say this with all
sense of humility, fairness and capacity to prove all I have said in
the event that anyone challenges it. I am making myself available to
naming those involved in this unpatriotic act if care is not
taken.In all, I see no future for Nigerian football if we,
Nigerians close our mouth and support the present administration of
the NFF. I am urging all men and women of good conscience in Katsina
today, many of whom have been “DOLLAR” induced to support this
failed regime, to listen to the voice of reason as well as their
conscience; and vote wisely and accordingly without due recourse to
the monies given to them.I sincerely believe that Alhaji
Aminu Maigari is a good and fair man who has done so much for
Nigerian football. He even built and supported those who are in power
today only to be stabbed by the same crop whom he helped attain
relevance and power.If Alhaji Aminu Maigari returns elected
today as the President of the NFF, I Dr Ifeanyi Ubah will vie for the
position of the Chairman of Chairmen. However, if peradventure,
Alhaji Aminu Maigari is not elected as the President, I will be
throwing in the towel as I see no value in being on the wrong side
and will stay clear till a time when a democratically and fairly
elected board will emerge or a time when those in power will heed to
the voice of reason and wisdom and do the right thing for the
development of Nigerian football.

I will also consider
quitting Nigerian football league if those at the helm of affairs as
presently constituted continue to lord over others. However, I will
not leave the struggle for the development of grassroots football
within my private establishments.

On this note, I wish to
unreservedly throw my weight and support behind support Alhaji Aminu
Maigari to emerge as President of the NFF while I will continue to
support Amaju Pinnick in his quest to expand the frontiers of
Nigerian football internationally with particular respect to CAF and

I strongly believe that with this, there will be a
balance of power as this will also help foster competitive

This is a candid note from my conscience which
will stand for posterity sake and the future of Nigerian football. I
urge everyone to take this into cognizance and vote his/her
conscience without due recourse to monetary inducements. I am totally
aware that this may come to everyone as a surprise but today, I have
taken a conscious stance to support what is just and

Dr. Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah

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