On Friday, Ibrahim Musa Gusau became the forty-first President of the Nigeria Football Federation NFF elections results.
At the 78th Elective Congress of the NFF elections, held in Benin, the capital of Edo State, Mr. Gusau was elected as the next NFF President.
He received 21 votes to overcome his nearest rival, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi, who received 12. Former League Management Committee Chairman Shehu Dikko received six votes as the runner-up.
Today’s NFF election will be remembered as one of the most contentious in the history of Nigerian football, but the situation deteriorated when a group calling itself Nigeria Football Stakeholders threatened to bomb the Benin City venue of the election if it was not canceled, adding that “blood will flow.” The organization accused the board, chaired by Amaju Pinnick, of theft and fraud.
Thursday morning, the Court of Appeal stayed the execution of an ex parte injunction that had been issued two weeks earlier to stop the elections. This made it possible for ten candidates to run for president of the National Football Federation (NFF) and a dozen others to run for seats on the NFF’s Executive Committee.
Current vice presidents Seyi Akinwunmi and Mallam Shehu Dikko, as well as Executive Committee members Ibrahim Gusau and Suleiman Yahaya-Kwande, were among the 10 people who wanted to replace Amaju Pinnick as Nigeria football’s top leader.
Others approved for the position to be vacated by Pinnick are former General Secretary Musa Amadu, Head of Safety and Security for the Confederation of African Football, Christian Emeruwa, Mouktar Mohammed, former Nigerian international Peterside Idah, and David-Buhari Doherty of the United Kingdom.