Sports Editorial: NFF Presidency: Permutations And Realities

Sports Editorial: NFF Presidency: Permutations And Realities

The 2022 NFF Electoral Committee during the week cleared 11 persons to contest for the position of NFF President at the Federation’s elections scheduled for Friday, September 30, in Benin City.

Those cleared candidates are Barr.

Seyi Akinwunmi (Ogun), Mallam Shehu Dikko (Kaduna), Alhaji Ibrahim Musa Gusau (Zamfara), Suleiman Yahaya-Kwande (Plateau), Barr. Musa Amadu (Jigawa) Dr Christian Emeruwa (Abia), Mazi Amanze Uchegbulam (Imo), Mallam Adam Mouktar Mohammed (FCT), Peterside Idah (Rivers), Alhaji Abba Abdullahi Yola (Kano) and David-Buhari Doherty (Lagos).

Breaking it down to the geopolitical zones that each of the candidates belongs to shows as thus: South East: Amanze Uchegbulam, Dr Christian Emeruwa (2). South West: Seyi Akinwunmi and David BuhariDoherty (2). South: Peterside Idah (1). North West: Shehu Dikko, Ibrahim Gusau, Abba Yola, Musa Amadu (4). North Central: Adams Mouthar Mohammed, Suleiman Yahaya-Kwande (2).

In accordance with Article 22 of the 2010 NFF Statutes as amended, the delegates who are the electorates will compose of forty-four (44) members, which further breakdown shows that there are thirty-seven (37) state football associations, including the FCT the Nigeria Referees’ Association, the Nigeria Premier League, the Players’ Association, the Nigeria Football Coaches Association, the Nigeria National League, the Nigeria Nationwide League, the Nigeria Women League.

Article 26 of the Statutes further provided the processes of the election and how it would be won. Section 1 says that the elections shall be conducted by secret ballot, while Section 2 states that for a person to be elected, an absolute (50% + 1) majority of the votes recorded and valid is necessary for the first ballot. While in the second and any other requisite ballot, a simple majority of the votes recorded is also sufficient.

However, Section 3 of the same article made it clear that If there are more than two (2) candidates for one available position, the candidate that obtains the lowest number of votes will be eliminated from the second ballot until only two candidates are left. The implication is that the election will go through more than two voting processes.

Also, with the statutory provisions of 50+1, it is evidently clear that no candidate will be able to muster the 23 votes needed to return elected in the first instance.

With the way things are turning out, there is the tendency that every candidate will have to consolidate on his own geopolitical zone in the first ballot while waiting for the second and third ballots to cruise home. All the candidates will feast on the North East zone where no candidate signified interest.

Those, in the North West, may turn out to be the losers, unless an urgent alignment is done before the election, as four candidates struggling for seven votes, left much to desire.

The South East is the most disjointed zone, as their representations in the past eight years have only pursued personal interest, while the South West will be full of betrayals. South-south and North Central may cash on the inadequacies of other zones. In all, only time will tell.

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