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NFF elections: Amadu refutes reports of withdrawal from presidential race

by Victor Okoye

Musa Amadu has dismissed reports of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) pulling out of the presidential race.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Amadu is one of 11 candidates running for Friday’s NFF presidential election in Benin.

A statement released by Amadu in Abuja on Thursday called the report a prank in which he had withdrawn from the race.

The former NFF general secretary assured his supporters that he would not feel any fear, saying that he was still in the race.

“I, Musa Amadu, will participate in the September 30 election.

“This notice becomes necessary after several rumors that I have withdrawn from the presidential race; as no such news has come from my side.

“I assure all my supporters that I will be running for the post of President of the Football Federation of Nigeria in Benin City, Edo on Friday, 30 September,” he said.

A Federal High Court of Abuja initially issued an order on 15 September, halting the NFF election.

Justice Inyang Ekwo, ruling on an ex-parte motion moved by the claimants’ lawyer, Selsus Ukpong, ordered the status quo to be maintained by Sports Minister Amaju Pinik or anyone acting on his direction.

This he said was pending on the notice of interim injunction for hearing and determination of the motion.

Jalla, Baribot, Austin Popo, and registered trustees of the National Association of Nigeria Footballers (trading under the name Professional Footballers Association of Nigeria) are plaintiffs in the lawsuit.

The PFAN is advocating for equal representation for all five statutory bodies that make up the NFF as it relates to voting rights and representation on the NFF board. (NAN) (www.nannews.ng)

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Edited Joseph Adeh

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