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Published On: Fri, Mar 16th, 2018

Amaju crawls before Green, Ajayi ahead of NFF elections

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The embattle President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick

The embattle President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick

Albert Akota with agency report

Desperacy of having a second term may have forced the embattled NFF president Amaju Pinnick to go on his chest to beg his perceived enemies inside the Executive Committee which included two of his former allies, Barrister Chris Green and Otunba Sunday Dele-Ajayi.
Authoritative sources with the NFF Executive Committee confided in that Pinnick is probably seeing the hand writing on the wall that like all his predecessors he may not be able to secure a second term in that office.
The NFF election is ordinarily settled for September this year in Katsina state. Both internal and external forces are working ferally to sweep away the former Delta State FA chairman who has managed football with the size of a Tsar.
“He had to travel to Port Harcourt on the 27th February to beg Barrister Chris Green for forgiveness,” said the source.
Amaju had earlier begged another board member Otunba Sunday Dele-Ajayi (the Ondo state FA Chairman). It is after settling with Dele-Ajayi that Pinnick compensated him with the chairmanship of and inauguration of the Audit committee.
Amaju Pinnick may have realised that the wind will not only sweep him away but can lead to other unforeseen circumstances like facing a tirade of legal battles.
Barrister Chris Green joined his own petition against Pinnick lying in the office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) which already has four other petitions against him.
To make matters worse, there are well orchestrated plans to ensure he does not attend the World Cup. He may be picked up to face prosecution for corruption issues shortly before the team’s departure for Russia. This move, it was ascertained has reached advanced stages.
The non challant way he ‘deported’ management staff of the federation in Morocco during the CHAN championship alongside some FA chairmen from the southern part of the country while their northern counterparts had been in the championship venue from the beginning to the end helped stoke his fears of a great fight lying ahead of him.
According to our source, “we (the aggrieved staff) had sent message to him that he would seek for tears without finding on the day of election. It is this renewed threat that informed his decision to make peace with the Executive board members.
Meanwhile, Dr Mohammed Sanusi, the current Secretary General, who he (Pinnick) had sidelined already, has a replacement. The decision of the replacement was made as a trade off.
His state is so influential and has become the most active football state in the north. They are to mobilise and deliver the north for him during the election in return for the position.
Though, the meeting with Barrister Chris Green ended in a deadlock. In order to force Green on his knees, Pinnick had approached Governor Nyesom Wike to help him talk to Green. How far this will go remains a conjecture.
From the external is the fight from the Ambassador Chris Giwa end whose matter in the Supreme Court has been given an April date.
Fears are rife that if the judgement goes to favour Giwa, as it is likely, there are fears that Pinnick wants to use FIFA to threaten Nigeria to reverse the decision but he needs the support of the Executive Committee.
This is part of why he is begging Dele-Ajayi and Green,” said our source, a former FA chairman.

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