The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) will today elect a new Executive Committee to steer its affairs for the next four years as the eight-year presidency of the Amaju Pinnick led board officially ends.
Preparations for the elections had been mired in legal battles but a ruling by the Court of Appeal yesterday ordered a stay-of-execution of an ex parte injunction secured to stop the elections which will be monitored by the world football-governing body, FIFA’s representatives who arrived in Benin City yesterday.
Among the 10 persons jostling to succeed Amaju Melvin Pinnick as Nigeria football’s supremo are current vice presidents, Barr. Seyi Akinwunmi (1st VP) and Mallam Shehu Dikko (2nd VP), as well as former Executive Committee Member and Chairman of Chairmen, Alhaji Ibrahim Musa Gusau and former Executive Committee Member, Hon. Suleiman Yahaya-Kwande.
There is also an immediate past General Secretary, Barr. Musa Amadu, and Head of Safety and Security of the Confederation of African Football, Dr. Christian Emeruwa.
Also in the hunt for the exalted post are Chairman of the FCT Football Association, Mallam Adam Mouktar Mohammed; former Nigeria international goalkeeper, Peterside Idah; former Chairman of Kano Pillars FC and respected technocrat, Alhaji Abba Abdullahi Yola and; UK-based David-Buhari Doherty.
Meanwhile, a former NFF 1st Vice President, Mazi Amanze Uchegbulam, pulled out of the race during the week just as Mr. Paul Yusuf from Plateau State was disqualified as a result of invalid nomination; the same axe that swept Mr. Marcellinus Anyanwu from Imo State out of the race.
Three persons, viz current Member of Board, Chief Felix Anyansi-Agwu; current Member of Board, Senator Obinna Ogba and; Mr Chinedu Okoye will battle for the post of 1st Vice President.