Sports Journalist, Nnamdi Obanya has accused unnamed candidates running for positions on the board of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) of offering between N2 to N3 million bribes to delegates that will vote for them during the congress.
Obanya who made this known during an interview with Channel Television said “we are hearing all sorts, some we want to believe and some we don’t want to believe” adding that “delegates are being offered between N2 to N3 million to vote for certain candidates”.
Speaking on the botched attempts to stop the NFF elections, Obanya explained that “a Federal High Court, an Appeal Court, a State High Court or a Magistrate Court don’t have any jurisdiction over the NFF” insisting that “only the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) has any jurisdiction over the NFF.
“The NFF is under CAF, which is under FIFA and it is a federation. And by your constitutional right, and freedom of association, you cannot stop anybody from a holding a congress within the constitution of the association and that is what NFF is doing”, maintaining that “it is as simple as that”.
He further noted that “there has been no criminal activity, which is the only reason you can call for such injunctions and the likes”.
He also observed that ‘some people’ of trying to test their importance at the NFF, adding that “security agents again tried to pick up (Aminu) Maigari, but this time he was able to find his way out”.
Speaking on the viable candidates for the forthcoming elections, he said despite ‘tough talks’ by (Taiwo) Ogunjobi and (Amanze) Uchegbulam, “it looks like it is a straight fight between (Shehu) Dikko and (Amaju) Pinnick; they seem to be the two front runners; they seem to be the two candidates that most people think will win the election”.
Among the candidates vying to replace outgoing NFF president, Aminu Maigari, are Amaju Pinnick from Delta State, Amanze Uchegbulam from Imo State, Taiwo Ogunjobi (Osun), Shehu Dikko (Kaduna) and Dominic Iorfa from Benue State.
Others are incumbent first vice president, Mike Umeh (Anambra) and Abba Yola (Kano State).