Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) President Amaju Pinnick will be bidding to become the first man in history to win an election to be the Federation’s President for two consecutive terms when the body’s Elective Congress is held on Thursday.
Pinnick, 47, was elected at a controversial election in Warri, Delta State on September 30, 2014 and he will be standing in Thursday’s election against three other contestants – including his predecessor in office, Aminu Maigari.
In spite of the oblivious claims of the country’s Sports Minister, the elective congress which will also usher in a first Vice President and other Executive Committee members in the form of representatives from the six geopolitical zones will be held in Katsina, the capital city of Katsina state.
Those competing for the Presidency position with Pinnick are Maigari, former NFF Secretary General, Taiwo Ogunjobi and a certain Chinedu Okoye. The incumbent first vice president, Seyi Akinwunmi will be hoping to return for a second term as well and his opponent is Sunday Dele-Ajayi also from his region.
The Chairman of Chairmen position will feature a heavyweight battle, with the incumbent Ibrahim Gusau being challenged by wealthy Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Club Proprietor, Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah.
Other current Executive Committee Members such as Ahmed Yusuf Fresh, Suleiman Yahaya Kwande, Felix Anyansi-Agwu and a lot of others are seeking reelection for another term in office with the exception of the controversial Christopher Green from Rivers state whose decision not to contest means he will not be in the Federation for the first time in three dispensations.
The Elective Congress will be held at the Kabir Aliyu Maska Conference Hall at the Local Government Commission in Katsina State with the state governor Aminu Bello Masari expected to be the Special Guest of Honour.