4 Dec 2014

Amaju Pinnick banned from parading himself as President of Nigeria Football Federation; ...victory nullified

Barely 24 hours after the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, Electoral Appeals Committee upheld the September 30 polls that produced the Amaju Pinnick-led executive, the Chairman of the Committee, Okey Ajunwa, has nullified the same elections.

Mr. Ajunwa’s ruling contradicts the ruling of three other members of the committee who upheld the polls on Wednesday.
Speaking with journalists in Abuja on Thursday, Mr. Ajunwa said other committee members who “hastily” upheld the September polls are not legal practitioners and were ignorant of the law.

“None of them is a lawyer, I am the lawyer and I know the law, I have gathered the results of the committee and I will read them out in accordance to FIFA and CAF rules,” Mr. Ajunwa told journalist today in Abuja.

He declared: “The Elections of Amaju Pinnick is hereby nullified and he is been banned from parading himself as the President of the Nigeria Football Federation.”
Mr. Pinnick said his decision was based on the fact that the Electoral Committee for the election was illegally composed and that no FIFA observer was on ground during the elections.

He also ruled that the election was marred by violence and abuse.

He questioned why the poll was held in Delta State, the home of Mr. Pinnick, and said another contestant for the office, Shehu Dikko, was wrongly disqualified on the elections day.


Credit: Aderonke Ogunleye/PremiumTimes

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