NFF Crisis: Amaju Pinnick’s election faces fresh scrutiny

Amaju Pinnick

There are indications that the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, Elections Appeal Committee may nullify the September 30 polls that saw Delta State FA boss, Amaju Pinnick, emerge as the president of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF.

At the renewed sitting of the committee in Abuja on Thursday, it accepted testimonies from those who filed petitions against the conduct of the Warri elections as well as the defendants and ruled that a verdict would be released some time in December.

A contestant representing South East, Iyke Igbokwe, in his petition said the election in Warri violated the provisions of the NFF statutes electoral code and the elections guidelines.

He also pointed out that the election was illegal because FIFA, CAF and WAFU were not represented in accordance with Article 12 of the NFF Electoral Code, which states that these bodies must have at least an observer at the elections.

He noted that the elections were taken to the home-base of a candidate, Mr. Pinnick, therefore fairness was not guaranteed.

“A presidential aspirant, Shehu Dikko, who was earlier cleared, was prevented from attending the election based on the fact he was the most popular so Amaju Pinnick can come through the back door to win,” Mr. Igbokwe also alleged.

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He backed his claims with a video recording of the Warri elections.

However, Mr. Pinnick, who only spent five minutes at the hearing, presented a barrister, Okey Obi, a staff of the Legal Unit of the NFF, to represent him.

Mr. Obi prayed the committee to throw out the petitions filed against his client.

The chairman of the committee, Okey Ajunwa, said the verdict would be read soon.

“We will retire to consider them (case) properly with conduct and give a judgment from A to Z, he said. “We will study every objection, but the date and time of the verdict I don’t know. In a month or so, when we are ready we will inform everyone.

“Our motive is what is best for Nigerian football, if there’s any need for us to do we do it properly and it has been a fair hearing so far.

“We will go and look at it and do what is best in this case we will go and write a proper judgment and get back to Nigerians in a shortest possible time.”

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