Ibrahim Gusau Becomes NFF President
Ibrahim Gusau, a former member of the Nigeria Football Federation’s (NFF) Executive Committee, was elected as the organization’s new president on Friday.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Gusau won the election in a run-off with a total of 39 votes, defeating the other competitors.
Gusau received 21 votes on the first ballot, but he was unable to be crowned the victor since he fell short of receiving 50% of the total votes cast, which would have been 22 votes.
Former NFF First Vice-President Senior Akinwunmi received 12 votes on this ballot, while former national goalkeeper Peterside Idah received just one.
Abba Yola, who serves as Sunday Dare’s chief of staff for youth and sports development, received one vote, while Shehu Dikko, a former second vice president of the NFF, received six.
Other competitors including Chris Emeruwa, David Doherty, and Amanze Uchegbulam, who withdrew a few days prior, received no votes.
In this ballot, former NFF First Vice-President Senior Akinwunmi had 12 votes, while ex-national goalkeeper Peterside Idah polled one vote.
After a number of withdrawals, Gusau received 39 votes to win the second round, while Peterside received one vote.
Amaju Pinnick, the former NFF President, thanked his Executive Committee members for their “new ideas and the support” they gave to him throughout his presidency at the Congress.
“I cannot thank God enough for His wonderful grace throughout these eight years of my administration as President of NFF.
“In fact, I must say that it has been good, bad and ugly. But in all, we thank God for everything.
“Everything you see today would not have been possible without the input of my executive committee members.
“They are the engine room of whatever successes we must have recorded in the past eight years.
“I also want to thank all Nigerian football stakeholders who stood beside us during this administration,” he said.
However, according to NAN, the election was place in the shadow of a Federal High Court injunction issued on September 15 that sought a stop of all proceedings pertaining to choosing new Executive Committee members.
On Wednesday night, however, court documents showing that an appeal had been filed against this court ruling surfaced, suggesting that the injunction had been revoked.
What will happen next is currently unknown, although the Federal High Court and the Professional Footballers Association of Nigeria are likely to respond (PFAN).
A court order prohibiting the elections had been secured by PFAN.
It requested that the current situation continue until the outcome of its lawsuit asking for an enlargement of the roster of individuals who make up the Congress of Nigerian Football.