Amaju Pinnick has been reelected for a second four-year term as president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
Pinnick, 47, defeated his predecessor, Aminu Maigari, and former NFF General Secretary and executive committee member Taiwo Ogunjobi to coast home by a landslide.
He polled 34 of the 44 votes, with Maigari a distant second with eight votes, and Ogunjobi with only two. Chinedu Okoye, the fourth man in the contest, got zero votes.
Though Maigari, the immediate past president of the NFF, was expected to provide a stiff opposition to Pinnick’s ambition of becoming the first man to win and serve a second term as NFF president, he was not close.
Pinnick was able to ensure that his message of continuity and a self-sustaining football federation resonated with the NFF Congress.
The victory by Pinnick may not be the end of the troubles for Nigerian football, which has been embroiled in a leadership crisis with Chris Giwa claiming he was the rightfully elected president of the federation.
That the sports minister, Solomon Dalung stayed away from the elections, alleging that it was an illegal process on the basis of a Supreme Court ruling is should be a concern.
With his victory, Pinnick is expected to lead the NFF until 2022.
Vice-President Seyi Akinwunmi also won by a landslide, polling 42 out of 44 votes to win reelection.
If Pinnick serves his term, he will be the first person ever to serve two consecutive terms. Ibrahim Galadima won reelection in 2006, but was forced to resign soon after.