The election to determine the leader of Nigeria’s highest football governing body, the Nigerian Football Federation(NFF) is slated for today in the Northern city of Katsina.
Many stakeholders will watch this election with keen interest, especially the Nigerian corporate sector, continental and international football governing bodies; CAF and FIFA.
In recent times, there has been a surge of corporate sponsorship for Nigerian football. Companies that have invested in the NFF include Cadbury, Aiteo group, Nigerian Breweries, TGI foods, Nike, etc. These organizations will be looking out for a free and fair election that is compliant with FIFA rules.
A few weeks ago, while the tussle for the NFF presidency was going on between Pinnick and Giwa, FIFA threatened to ban Nigeria after the Supreme court of Nigeria delivered judgement in favour of Giwa and the Minister of sports immediately activated his installation.
Today, however, Amaju Pinnick is re-contesting for a second term in office. Pinnick is seeking to do what no other person has done in the post-independent NFF. He wants to be the first back-to-back head of the football body in 61years after that of Father Slattery in 1957/58 in the then NFA.
Three other men are slugging it out with Pinnick. One of them is Aminu Maigari, the head at the Glass House from 2010 to 2014, who is seeking a come back. He has however, been plagued by a scandal after statement signed by Mohammed Sani Katu, chairman of the NFF electoral committee earlier yesterday accused him of certificate forgery. Current reports available to Today’s Echo indicate he may be cleared to contest today’s election
Another man throwing in his hat to contest is Taiwo Ogunjobi, a former NFF general secretary and later board member as chairman of chairmen. He is also a former footballer.
The last candidate is a relatively unknown Chinedu Okoye but who is confident of ruffling shoulders in Katsinaon Thursday. He is also a former footballer, referee and the proprietor of Nigeria National League club, Bimo FC.
Aside from the NFF Presidency, there are also considerable interests shown in other elective positions on the NFF Executive Board.
Today’s Echo hopes the best man emerges winner