NFF Elections: Pinnick Hails Rivals Maigari, Ogunjobi
The re-elected President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick has commended his challengers at Thursday’s polls in Katsina, Aminu Maigari and Taiwo Ogunjobi.
According to Pinnick, he holds both Maigari and Ogunjobi in high esteem and he would continue to do so even after flooring them at the 2018 NFF Elective Congress.
“There is no victor, no vanquished but football is the winner,” Pinnick told media after being re-elected in Katsina.
“Aminu Maigari is my big brother and I even call him my father and Taiwo Ogunjobi is also my big brother as well. We need to do what we have to do. First, we need to do is initiate reforms in our status.
“This is something that we need to start immediately to ensure true reconciliation. We have to do it right away. I am happy, though it is not about me or the executive committee the Congress who believed in us and will work hard not to fail them.
“I sincerely from the depth of my heart appreciate the president of the country for providing the enabling environment. I am from a micro-minority in Nigeria, tiny ethnic group and came to Katsina in the far north - the home of the president to win an election. What more does anyone need to believe that the president or government is detribalise and shows that the offers level playing grounds.
“This just rekindled my believe in Nigeria and I am eager to do something big for Nigeria football. This is a turning point for Nigeria football. We need to develop football beyond ethnicity and mediocrity."
Pinnick secured a landslide victory at the Congress in Katsina winning 34 of the 44 votes cast.
His victory is quite historic as it is the first time in the history of the NFF that an incumbent will be getting a second consecutive term in office via a democratic process.
Though the Sports Minister Solomon Dalung was absent at Thursday’s poll, observers from FIFA and CAF were in attendance to validate the election.
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