NFF Confirms Elective Congress Will Hold On Friday

The 78th Annual General Assembly of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) will hold on Friday in Benin City, capital of Edo State alongside elections of a new Executive Committee to steer the affairs of the nationโ€™s supreme footballโ€“ruling body for the next four years.

The Director of Communications of NFF, Ademola Olajire, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday night.

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 a contest for the NFF presidency by 10 prominent individuals and dozen other notable persons jostling for seats on the Executive Committee.

More representatives of the world football-governing body, FIFA, arrived in Benin City just before noon on Thursday.

Solomon Mudege, FIFAโ€™s Head of Development Programmes for Africa and Gelson Fernandes, a former Swiss international player who is FIFAโ€™s Director for Africa, were in an excited mood.

Mudege said: โ€œWe 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.โ€

The candidates

Among the 10 people jostling to succeed Amaju Melvin Pinnick as Nigeria footballโ€™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.

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