By Victor Kanayo
After rejecting a longer period before the 2022 election meant to usher in a new set of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Executive Members, the ongoing 2021 Annual General Assembly (AGA) comprising various football stakeholders have scheduled September 30 as an official election day.
This is after the entire Congress presently in Lagos ratified a 10-day tenure elongation for the current NFF Board led by its outgoing President, Amaju Pinnick, Heritage Times HT reports.
Before the Thursday August 18 Congress which was supposed to have taken place before the end of last year, there were perceived moves by the outgoing NFF Board to elongate their tenure till 2023.
But the Congress, made up of mainly the chairmen from the 37 states and Federal Capital Territory with few other statutory members, stopped the move and gave NFF up till end of next month to conduct elections.
Ahead of the presidential elections – involving the President and Vice President positions, in line with the statutes, the existing geo-political zones of Nigeria are meant to produce representatives on the Board, followed later with heads of various football leagues.
Few days ago, while appearing on a television programme, Pinnick, a CAF Executive Member and FIFA Council Executive, rested insinuations that he will seek third term in office after he assured of his readiness to support whoever emerges as new NFF President.
As at last count, no fewer than 10 individuals have reported indicated indicated interest to take over from him.
Most of them who are yet to publicly make their intentions known mainly people who held one position or the other within the Nigeria’s football circle, with few being ex-international.
Heritage Times HT reports that NFF elections which takes place every four years in line with global acceptable standards is usually characterised by uncertainties in many quarters.