In a desperate, last-ditch move to save face and possibly their jobs, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have called an emergency congress on the sidelines of the Aiteo Cup Final in Kaduna to pass a vote of confidence on president Amaju Pinnick and the other top officials accused of corruption.
The 2019 Aiteo Cup Final will be played on Sunday between Kano Pillars and Niger Tornadoes.
“The NFF emergency congress will be staged to pass a vote of confidence on the Pinnick-led NFF board,” a top official informed SCORENigeria
“Passing a vote of confidence on Pinnick and his executives has been a routine, but this latest gimmick is for embattled Pinnick to consolidate from home after the recent events at CAF.
“He wants to immediately show CAF and the rest of the world that he has support from his home.”
Last week, Pinnick was disgraced at the Confederation of African Football (CAF) when he was booted out as 1st Vice President and also sacked from all the standing committees of the continental body including the all-powerful AFCON Organising Committee, which he headed.
Observers said that his vaulting personal ambition to unseat CAF President Ahmad Ahmad meant he only spent 11 months as CAF No 2 man.
The Federal High Court in Abuja has also granted an order of arrest for Pinnick and four other top-ranking officials – Seyi Akinwunmi, Shehu Dikko, Ahmed Yusuf ‘Fresh’ and Mohammed Sanusi – after they failed to appear before it last month to face 17-count charge brought against them for corruption by the Federal Government.
The officials are now believed to have gone into hiding for fear of being arrested following their arrival in the country this past week after the AFCON in Egypt.