Amaju Pinnick elected new NFF boss


amaju pinnickMr Amaju Pinnick, Chairman, Delta Football Association, has been elected as the new President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

The 43-year-old polled a total of 32 votes from the 44 available, after second round of voting to emerge as President in the election, held at the Golden Tulip Hotel in Warri, Delta on Tuesday.

Mr Sampson Ebomhe, chairman of the NFA election committee, who announced the result, said that, Lobi Stars Chairman, Dominic Iorfa, came second with eight votes while Mr Taiwo Ogunjobi, former Secretary-General of the association, came third with four votes.

Mr Seyi Akinwumi from Lagos State polled 30 votes to become the First Vice Chairman.

Mr Adamu Shehu came second with eight votes; Emeka Inyama had four votes to place third while Suleiman Muazu came fourth with two votes.

Mr Musa Ibrahim was returned unopposed as chairman of chairmen of all state football associations.

Businessman, Shehu Dikko, who helped arrange a tour of Nigeria for Manchester United in 2008 and has brokered several tie-ups with the English Premier League and the domestic league, pulled out of the race for president, according to the electoral committee.

The polls went ahead despite a court injunction barring it from taking place and incumbent NFF President Aminu Maigari, his general secretary Musa Amadu and the sports minister Tamuno Danagogo are expected in court on 8 October.

An injunction was purportedly granted to a group led by self-acclaimed NFF president Chris Giwa.

The group has twice been turned back by the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) in recent weeks.

A petition challenging the validity of the NFF general assembly was last week upheld by a Jos high court which then issued an injunction against the elections.

The elections went ahead nonetheless and thrust Pinnick into one of the hottest seats in African sport.