President of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, on Thursday declared that “football is the winner” in reaction to his victory at the federation’s elective congress in Katsina.
The 45-year-old garnered 34 votes, which is 26 more than that of his closest challenger and former boss, Maigari, while ex-NFF scribe, Taiwo Ogunjobi got two votes with Chinedu Okoye recording no votes.
Speaking to journalists after the results were announced, Pinnick said, “There is no victor, no vanquished but football is the winner.
“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.
“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.”