MAIGARI EMERGES NFF PRESIDENT.

NIGERIA Football Federation’s (NFF) interim president Aminu Maigari has been elected as the new president of the country’s football governing body, in an election conducted Thursday at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.

Former secretary-general of NFA Sani Toro secured five votes, Nigeria premier League (NPL) chairman Oyuiki Obaseki got four votes, Shehu Dikko got two votes, Fan Ndubuoke one vote and Lumumba Adeh got zero votes along with Segun Odegbami, Bukola Olopade and Tijani Yusuf.

Odegbami, Olopade and Yusuf all withdrew from the elections, but electoral committee did not acknowledge their withdrawals, saying it did not comply with the statutes, which requires a one-week’s notice.

Former Super Eagles’ Team Manager Mike Umeh was elected First Vice President with 26 votes ahead of Jarret Tenebe with 13, former executive committee member Obinna Ogba with 2 votes and Fanny Amun with 3 votes.

Effiong Johnson was elected unopposed with 42 votes as Chairman of Chairmen, the position previously held by impeached board member Taiwo Ogunjobi.

An attempt to stop the elections by NANS President Harrison Jalla, who was accompanied by a court bailiff and some policemen, was prevented by armed policemen at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, where the elections were held.

Maigari who had been at the helm of affairs at the football house since the impeachment of the former president Sani Lulu becomes the 38th president of the Nigeria Football Federation founded in 1945.

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