Amaju Pinnick re-elected President NFF


Amaju Pinnick re-elected President NFF

Zainab Tanimu

Kaduna, North-West, NIGERIA

Amaju Pinnick has been re-elected to serve for another four years as President of the Nigeria Football Federation NFF.

Amaju with this victory has made history as he has become the first person to win a second consecutive four-year term as president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

The former Delta State Football Association Chairman, who was last July appointed the 1st Vice President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), beat off challenges from former president Aminu Maigari, Taiwo Ogunjobi and Chinedu Okoye at the NFF Elective Congress held on Thursday at the Kabir Aliyu Maska Conference Hall,  Katsina.

With this victory, it means that Pinnick and his new board will run the NFF until 2022.

The 45yrs old Pinnick secured 34 votes to emerge the winner. The Bauchi born Football Administrator,  Aminu Maigari had 8 votes, Former General Secretary of the NFF, Taiwo Ogunjobi  2 votes and Chinedu Okoye 0 vote.

All Pinnick’s men retained their seats. Ganiu Majekodunmi (from South-West) is the only fresh face in the new Executive Committee.

Also returned to office is the first Vice President of NFF, Seyi Akinwunmi, who defeated Otunba Sunday Dele-Ajayi 41-2.

Ahmed Yusuf Fresh and Suleiman Yahaya-Kwande were also re-elected into the Executive Board of the NFF as representatives from the north central.

.In his acceptance speech, pinnick had promised commitment to move the NFF forward by initiating reforms that would bring about financial independence for the NFF so as to end its reliance on government funding.

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Pinnic also promised to set up a reconciliation team that would, “In a few days 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 said.

Next up for Pinnick is the formal inauguration as the First Vice President of CAF, at the body’s Extraordinary General Assembly in Egypt on Sunday, September  30

It is worthy of note to know that throughout his first four years in charge Pinnick has had to deal with claims from Chris Giwa that he was the rightful winner of the 2014 polls.

With this new development Sports Analysts see the recent tussle for leadership to have come to an end