NFF go ahead with AGM, elective congress after court ruling

NEWS DIGEST – The Nigeria Football Federation’s 78th Annual General Assembly (AGM) and Elective Congress will hold today, Friday, 30 September 2022 in Benin City, Edo State.

This was confirmed in a statement released on the NFF’s official website on Thursday.

NFF was given the go-ahead to hold the AGM and Elective Congress following a ruling by the Court of Appeal which ordered a stay-of-execution of an ex parte injunction secured by certain individuals two weeks ago in a bid to stop the elections.

The statement from the NFF concerning the ruling by the Court of Appeal read: ”The 78th Annual General Assembly of the Nigeria Football Federation will hold on Friday in Benin City, capital of Edo State alongside elections of a new Executive Committee to steer the affairs of the nation’s supreme football –ruling body for the next four years.

“A ruling by the Court of Appeal on Thursday morning ordered a stay-of-execution of an ex parte injunction secured by some fellows a fortnight ago to stop the elections, meaning that the coast is now clear for an interesting contest for the NFF presidency by 10 prominent individuals and dozen other notable persons jostling for seats on the Executive Committee.”

However, ten (10) persons are expected to participate in the elections to succeed Amaju Pinnick which consists of Nigeria football’s supremo and current vice president, 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.

Also, the immediate past General Secretary, Barr. Musa Amadu, and Head of Safety and Security of the Confederation of African Football, Dr Christian Emeruwa have joined the race.

The elections will commence after other items on the agenda for the 78th Annual General Assembly have been dealt with. Winners would be sworn in immediately after the elections.

FIFA’s Head of Development Programmes for Africa Mudege spoke ahead of the AGM: “We are happy to be here and to witness another milestone in the history of Nigeria Football. We believe it is going to be an interesting Congress with the elections.”

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