The outgoing President of the Nigerian Football Federation, NFF, Amaju Pinnick, has boasted of installing one of his stooges, Ibrahim Gusau, as the new president of the football governing body.
The open admission by the NFF president has made some sports analysts believe the electoral process might have been compromised in favour of Mr Pinnick’s anointed candidate.
Recall that Mr Gusau, who is the current chairman of Zamfara Football Association, had emerged president after defeating his opponents at the 78th Annual General Assembly of the NFF in Benin, Edo State, on Friday.
While Mr Gusau polled 21 votes, his closest rival Seyi Akinwunmi scored 12, and Shehu Dikko 6.
Prior to the election, there were speculations that Mr Pinnick was planning to elongate his tenure through the back door, but he denied the allegations.
However, shortly after the election results were announced, Mr Pinnick sent a farewell message to a chat group of all African Football Association presidents, boasting that he had succeeded in imposing who would succeed him.
Some of the members of the group however faulted the message, saying it was unethical and violates FIFA rules.
The screenshot of the message was shared by a veteran sports journalist, Osasu Obayiuwana, on his verified Twitter handle @Osasuo on Friday.
In the message, the outgoing President described Mr Gusau as his “staunchest and most loyal supporter.”
The message read, “My esteemed colleagues, I decided not to run for a third consecutive term for several reasons. Successfully I was able to install one of my closest allies Mr Ibrahim Gusau whom most of you know very well as the new President of the Nigeria Football Federation.
“He happens to be my staunchest and most loyal supporter. He is very humble and a team player. Will send his number shortly and excuse myself from this esteemed Chat Group,” Mr Pinnick wrote.