Pinnick voted in as NFF president

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has elected Amaju Pinnick as its new president after a vote on Tuesday.

The 43-year-old Pinnick, who is is Delta State Sports Commission chairman, Delta FA boss and Warri Wolves chairman, secured 32 votes from the 44 available in a second round of voting.

Rivals Dominic Iorfa received eight votes and Taiwo Ogunjobi received four.

However, the man who was believed to be the front-runner for the job, Shehu Dikko, withdrew his candidacy.

Several problems arose in the build-up to the polls after the electoral chief Samson Ebomhe was arrested by officers from Nigeria’s main intelligence agency, the Department of State Services (DSS), but later released to preside over the elections.

The high-profile election was a battle between old heads Amanze Uchegbulam, Taiwo Ogunjobi, Mike Umeh, Dominic Iorfa and newcomers Shehu Dikko, Amaju Pinnick and Abba Yola.

But businessman Dikko, who helped arrange a tour of Nigeria for Manchester United in 2008 and has brokered several tie-ups with the English Premier League and the domestic league, pulled out of the race, according to the electoral committee.

The polls went ahead despite a court injunction barring it from taking place and incumbent NFF president Aminu Maigari, his general secretary Musa Amadu and the sports minister Tamuno Danagogo are expected in court on 8 October.

An injunction was purportedly granted to a group led by self-acclaimed NFF president Chris Giwa.

The group has twice been turned back by the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) in recent weeks.

A petition challenging the validity of the NFF general assembly was last week upheld by a Jos high court which then issued an injunction against the elections.

The elections went ahead nonetheless and thrust Pinnick into one of the hottest seats in African sport.

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