Delta State-born soccer technocrat and administrator, Melvin Amaju Pinnick on Thursday defied all odds to break a longstanding jinx, in becoming the first man to be re-elected as president of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
In Thursday’s NFF executive committee election, which footballlive.ng learnt was widely preceded by threats of annulment by court rulings and apathy from the sports minister, Barrister Solomon Dalung, Pinnick won 34 votes to beat three other contestants.
Former NFF president, Alhaji Aminu Magari got eight votes, ex-general-secretary, Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi got two votes and Honourable Chinedu Okoye did not have any vote.
In all, 44 delegates from states football federation and other bodies including coaches, referees associations and players unions, participated in the election which took place in Katsina.
The chairman of the Electoral committee for the election, Muhammed Katu announced results of the election, to which FIFA representatives, Luca Piazza and Solomon Mudege were among football chiefs who witnessed the process.