Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) top shot, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi has officially declared interest in presiding over the affairs of the football body in the country.
Barrister Akinwunmi, in his declaration speech, said, football was dear to his heart and would love to pilot footballing affairs in the country.
“I guarantee you that as much as I love football, as much as I love my friends, one thing that is paramount in my mind is football. As much as I love and cherish the camaraderie that we share that is football, and that must come first. Nigeria football can change, only if we put football first.”
He continued, “so redirecting the focus of Nigerian football is paramount if we must achieve the desired goal.”
Also speaking at the event, Sokoto State FA Chairman, Mallam Danladi Bako said Akinwunmi is the right man to succeed Amaju Pinnick, and take Nigeria football to greater heights with a holistic approach and professional execution.
“Seyi is one man we respect so much,” he continued. “That is why the who is who in Nigerian football came to grace his declaration. Those who decide our fate in Nigerian football, the congressmen are present here. They have a choice to make whenever the time comes as to who they endorse but by me being present here, it has given support to Seyi.”
The electoral committee will release all the names of candidates for the NFF’s presidency position.
The tenure of Amaju Pinnick has elapsed and he has said he wouldn’t seek re-election to the position.
Seyi Akinwunmi is the first Vice President of the Nigeria Football Federation. He was appointed Vice President of the Nigeria Football Federation in 2014 and re-elected in 2018. He is Chairman of the Lagos State Football Association.