World soccer governing body FIFA’s officials have arrived Benin City, Edo state capital for tomorrow’s, 30 September, elections into various offices of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF.
Solomon Mudege, FIFA’s Head of Development Programmes for Africa and Gelson Fernandes, FIFA’s Director for Africa, landed today for the elective Congress which will usher in a new Executive Committee to steer the affairs of the nation’s supreme football –ruling body for the next four years.
The NFF received the nod to stage the 78th Annual General Assembly and elections after a ruling by the Court of Appeal, earlier today, ordered a stay-of-execution of an ex parte injunction secured by a players’ body, a fortnight ago, to stop the elections.
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 current Executive Committee Member and Chairman of Chairmen, Alhaji Ibrahim Musa Gusau and another current 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.
A former NFF 1st Vice President, Mazi Amanze Uchegbulam, pulled out of the race during the week.
The elections will commence after other items on the agenda for the Assembly had been dealt with as winners would be sworn in immediately after the exercise.