Ibrahim Musa Gusau, New NFF President
By: Gyang Dakwo
Ibrahim Musa Gusau was on Friday elected the new President of the Nigeria Football Federation, succeeding Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick, who was in that position for the past eight years.
Until Friday afternoon, Gusau was Chairman of Chairmen of Nigeria Football, and also Chairman of the Zamfara State Football Association.
He defeated Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi, who until Friday afternoon was the NFF’s 1st Vice President, by polling 21 votes to Akinwunmi’s 12 in the first round.
Akinwunmi, who is Chairman of the Lagos State Football Association, announced his withdrawal just before the run-off was to take place, just as Mallam Shehu Dikko (who polled 6 votes) and Alhaji Abba Abdullahi Yola (1 vote) did.
However, former international goalkeeper Peterside Idah (1 vote in round one) refused to step down and earned another 1 vote in the run-off, as Gusau coasted home with 39 votes.
Gusau, 58-year old is a qualified accountant and a Safety and Security Officer for the Confederation of African Football.
The race for the presidency, which had 11 contestants, was whittled down before the ballot as Mazi Amanze Uchegbulam withdrew a few days to the poll, while Barr. Musa Amadu, Hon. Suleiman Yahaya-Kwande and Mr. Adam Mukhtar Mohammed pulled out just before the vote inside the auditorium.
Chief Felix Anyansi-Agwu, long-term Chairman of two-time CAF Champions League winners Enyimba FC, swept to the 1st Vice President position by trashing Senator Obinna Ogba (Chairman of the Senate Committee on Youth and Sports Development) by 23 votes to 8.
Alhaji Yusuf Ahmed Fresh was unopposed for the position of Chairman of Chairmen, just as Alhaji Sharif Rabiu Inuwa had an easy ride picking a slot from the North West without any opposition.
Rt. Hon. Margaret Icheen was elected from the North Central zone, edging incumbent Alhaji Mohammed Alkali by 22 votes to 19 in a run-off, just as incumbent Babagana Kalli and Newman Timothy Henman Magaji succeeded in the North-East race.
Rt. Hon. Essien Udofot and Ms. Aisha Falode won the two seats available from the South-South after an interesting run-off saw Essien taking 19 votes to Falode’s 13, with first-round leader Poubeni Ogun ejected with 7 votes.
The race for seats from the South-East zone was suspended on a technicality, but Otunba Sunday Dele-Ajayi made a return to the NFF Board from the South West just as Alhaji Ganiyu Majekodunmi retained his seat. Dele-Ajayi and Majekodunmi earned 12 votes each in the run-off, with Gafar Liameed third with 7 votes and Afolabi Taiwo Olugbenga in fourth place with 4 votes.
The momentous event that lasted well into the night was witnessed by three officials of the world football-governing body, FIFA: Gelson Fernandes, Solomon Mudege, and Ahmad Mohamed Mukhtar Harraz. Mr. Felix Majani was the eye of the Confederation of African Football.
Alhaji Mohammed Baba Abdullahi represented the Nigeria Olympic Committee, while the Deputy Governor of Edo State, Comrade Philip Shaibu declared the event open.