FACT: Amaju Pinnick, NFF Executive Cttee Won’t Stay A Day Beyond September 30 2022
Contrary to the opinion ignorantly held in some quarters that the Amaju Pinnick-led NFF Executive Committee will stay on after its’ tenure might have expired on 30th. September, 2022, facts however suggest otherwise.
Investigation into the NFF 2010 Statutes by www.insideglasshouse.com clearly revealed that the Pinnick-led board will cease to be in charge of affairs in the NFF by the midnight of September 30, 2022.
A thorough and painstaking examination of NFF Statutes exposed the ignorant views that if elections were not held on the day of the expiration of the tenure of office of the current board, the board members would stay on and continue their work unabated.
But against this erroneous beliefs, Articles 33 (6) and 39 (1) of the NFF 2010 Statutes are explicit, unambiguous and succinctly clear enough for all to see.
Article 33(6) on composition of Executive Committee stated thus, ” the mandate of the President, Vice – Presidents and members of the Executive Committee IS for FOUR years. They may be re – elected “.
While Article 39(1) on candidates for the office of the president also clearly defined the tenure of any candidate vying for the position of the President of the NFF, stating that, ” the President SHALL be elected by the General Assembly for a PERIOD of FOUR years. His mandate SHALL begin after the end of the General Assembly which elected him. A president may be re- elected”.
It’s important to stress the iconic words used in the two articles.
Article 33(6) emphatically said the mandate IS for FOUR years, while also Article 39 (1) stated that the President SHALL be elected for a PERIOD of FOUR years. These are definitive words. It means the NFF President and the entire Executive Committee/Board members cannot stay a minute longer than their FOUR-year electoral mandate in office.
It is therefore misleading for some self-seeking and mischief makers quoting Article 4(3) of the NFF Electoral Code on procedures for elections to mean elongation of mandate.
Article 4 (3) of the Electoral Code was merely talking about the procedures of electing members of the NFF Electoral Committee and the time frame with which to conduct the elections. It has absolutely nothing to do with the tenure of the Executive Committee.