December 2, 2022

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NFF elections: NFF set to elect Pinnick’s successor, maintain AGA in Benin


Except there may be dramatic flip of occasions, the Nigeria Soccer Federation will as we speak within the historic metropolis of Benin elect a successor to Amaju Melvin Pinnick to steer the affairs of the federation for the subsequent 4 years.

10 presidential candidates are jostling to exchange Delta state born Pinnick after holding swaying within the Sunday Dankaro Home for eight years. Among the many 10 are present vice presidents, Barr. Seyi Akinwunmi (1st VP) and Mallam Shehu Dikko (2nd VP), in addition to present Govt Committee Member and Chairman of Chairmen, Alhaji Ibrahim Musa Gusau and one other present Govt Committee Member, Hon. Suleiman Yahaya-Kwande.

There may be additionally a right away previous Basic Secretary, Barr. Musa Amadu, and Head of Security and Safety of the Confederation of African Soccer, Dr. Christian Emeruwa.

Additionally within the hunt for the exalted submit are Chairman of the FCT Soccer Affiliation, Mallam Adam Mouktar Mohammed; former Nigeria worldwide goalkeeper, Peterside Idah; former Chairman of Kano Pillars FC and revered technocrat, Alhaji Abba Abdullahi Yola and; UK-based David-Buhari Doherty.

A former NFF 1st Vice President, Mazi Amanze Uchegbulam, pulled out of the race in the course of the week.

There have been uncertainties forward of the Elective Congress . On Wednesday night, the Everlasting Secretary, Ministry of Youths and Sports activities Improvement, Alhaji Ismaila Abubakar issued a press assertion calling on soccer stakeholders to obey the court docket order stopping the election.

However on Thursday morning in a swift response by the NFF, the federation acknowledged that the has safe an injunction from Court docket of Enchantment to remain execution on the matter.

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“A ruling by the Court docket of Enchantment on Thursday morning ordered a stay-of-execution of an ex parte injunction secured by some fellows a fortnight in the past to cease the elections, which means that the coast is now clear for an fascinating contest for the NFF presidency by 10 distinguished people and dozen different notable individuals jostling for seats on the Govt Committee” the NFF acknowledged in a press launch on Thursday.

The NFF additionally disclosed that worldwide observers are already in Benin to watch the elections.

“Extra representatives of the world football-governing physique, FIFA arrived in Benin Metropolis simply earlier than midday on Thursday. Solomon Mudege, FIFA’s Head of Improvement Programmes for Africa and Gelson Fernandes, a former Swiss worldwide participant who’s FIFA’s Director for Africa have been in an excited temper,” the assertion stated.

Mudege stated: “We’re joyful to be right here and to witness one other milestone within the historical past of Nigeria Soccer. We consider it’ll be an fascinating Congress with the elections.”

Three individuals, viz present member of Board, Chief Felix Anyansi-Agwu; present Member of Board, Senator Obinna Ogba and; Mr Chinedu Okoye will battle for the submit of 1st Vice President.

Present member of Board, Alhaji Yusuf Ahmed ‘Recent’ will change Alhaji Ibrahim Musa Gusau as Chairman of Chairmen, as he was the one one who obtained the shape, and has been cleared for the place.

There are a number of contestants jostling to be elected into the Board of the federation from totally different geo-political zone of the nation.

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The elections will start after different objects on the agenda for the 78th Annual Basic Meeting have been handled.

Winners could be sworn in instantly after the elections.