Pinnick earned a landslide victory to return as the NFF boss for the second term, defeating the immediate past President of NFF, 1st Vice President of CAF, Taiwo Ogunjobi, former Nigeria international defender and Chinedu Okoye, proprietor of amateur league club, Bimo FC as he was voted for the second term in the office at the NFF elective congress held in Katsina state.
The 45-year-old, who doubles as Confederation of African Football first vice-president, Pinnick polled 34 votes to beat three other contestants to retain his seat.
Alhaji Aminu Magari got eight votes; Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi got two votes while Chinedu Okoye did not have any vote
Brahim Gusau retained his seat as Chairman of Chairmen on the board with 42 of 44 votes. His rival Ifeanyi Ubah withdrew from the election.
Ahmed Fresh, Suleiman Yahaya-Kwande, Emmanuel Ibah, Ganiyu Majekodunmi, Sharif Inuwa, Enyimba chairman Felix Anyansi-Agwu and Chidi Ofo-Okenwa also retained their seats.
FIFA representatives Luca Piazza and Solomon Mudege were among football chiefs who witnessed the election.
Having secured another four-year term, the former Delta FA boss pledged that his leadership will immediately embark on reforms in the move to halt internal wranglings in the nation’s football.
In his acceptance speech, Pinnick said he would focus on youth football development.
“There is no victor, no vanquished but football is the winner,” Pinnick told media after being re-elected in Katsina.
“Aminu Maigari is my big brother and I even call him my father and Taiwo Ogunjobi is also my big brother as well. We need to do what we have to do. First, we need to do is initiate reforms in our status.
We respectfully ask for more support as we start a new tenure, during which we aim to consolidate on our vision of building a sustainable football culture for our dear country, and continue the great march towards ensuring financial independence for the NFF.
“This is something that we need to start immediately to ensure true reconciliation. We have to do it right away. I am happy, though it is not about me or the executive committee the Congress who believed in us and will work hard not to fail them.
“I sincerely from the depth of my heart appreciate the president of the country for providing the enabling environment. I am from a micro-minority in Nigeria, tiny ethnic group and came to Katsina in the far north – the home of the president to win an election. What more does anyone need to believe that the president or government is detribalise and shows that the offers level playing grounds.
“This just rekindled my believe in Nigeria and I am eager to do something big for Nigeria football. This is a turning point for Nigeria football. We need to develop football beyond ethnicity and mediocrity.”
“We owe this country a lot, and we are committed to working hard to give back so much to it. We intend to set up a reconciliation team in a few days to reach out to aggrieved members of the football family with a view to bringing everyone under one umbrella for the purpose of a united front in the pursuit of the greater good for Nigerian football.”
Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa congratulated Pinnick on his victory at the NFF election.
Okowa, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary Charles Aniagwu, thanked football stakeholders in the country for reelecting Pinnick, who comes from Delta State.
The statement read, “On behalf of the government and people of Delta State, I congratulate you, Mr Amaju Pinnick, an illustrious son of Delta State, on your reelection as NFF President.
“Your re-election no doubt is a confirmation of the giant strides and contributions you have made in revolutionising football administration globally. As a sport-passionate nation, Nigerians are proud of the rich assemblage of visionary and dedicated football administrators in the NFF Executive Committee led by Amaju Pinnick.”