NFF Election: Pinnick Faces Impeachment As 28 Chairmen Plot Major Onslaught
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By Amaechi Agbo
As the September 2022 Nigeria Football Federation, NFF Election gathers momentum, NFF President, Amaju Pinnick faces impeachment as 28 out of 37 Football Associations chairmen plot a major shakeup in the buildup to the electoral congress
Following expiration of extended two-week ultimatum issued by the 28 FAs Chairmen on the NFF Executive Committee Board led by Amaju Pinnick on June 14th, there are indications that the chairmen who are drawn from across the six geopolitical zones of the country are planning to unsettle the Executive Committee.
On May 15, 2022, the FA Chairmen issued a resolution to the NFF Executive Committee demanding for the vacation of an exparte order from a Federal High Court in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, which has stopped any NFF Congress meeting, as well as for a General Assembly to be called.
The notice first deadline ran out, before a two-week extension was then given with a new deadline of June 14, 2022.
Best Choice Sports gathered that on both occasions, the NFF secretariat did not reply the chairmen.
Instead, Insidetheglasshouses reports that Mr Pinnick dismissed the notice of the congress men, saying it is without any basis and simply full of mischief.
What Next For The 28 FA chairmen?
In December 2021, a High Court in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State through Hon. Justice Isa Dashen
stopped the planned NFF Annual General Assembly, AGA scheduled to hold on Friday, December 17 that year
NFF, it was gathered, have not applied to the court to set aside the order giving indications that the planned September election, may, after all, not hold.
And with the deadline given by the 28 Chairmen to the NFF Executive Committee led by Amaju Pinnick elapsing, what are the options for the concerned “rebel” Football Associations chairmen?
a. Will the chairmen impeach the president, Amaju Pinnick? Analysts believe that this is a probable option but most cumbersome to execute
b. Will they pass a vote of no confidence on the NFF Executive Committee, led by Mr Pinnick? This is another viable option which will lead to impeachment of the president
c. Will the 28 chairmen withdraw their mandate which they bestowed on Mr Pinnick and the Executive Committee Board on September 20, 2018? This option is the most viable among others.
Removal of their mandate will automatically return Amaju Pinnick to the floor as an ordinary member and a caretaker committee could be set up.
In the event the NFF cannot stage fresh polls on the day, the federation’s secretariat will take temporary charge of Nigeria football before world football governing body FIFA set up a Normalisation Committee to design a new road map for the country’s No 1 sport.