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Total Disarray Of Wild, Wild South West Exposes Akinwunmi As Political Lightweight

At his formal declaration for the NFF Presidency this week in Abuja, Seyi Akinwunmi (PICTURED) proudly stood up to describe himself as a “harmoniser” and a “unifier”.

But ironically, he as the most senior official has not been able to hold together the South West zone, where several persons have stepped out on their own to contest for various positions on the NFF Executive Committee to mean this geo-political region will not be voting in the NFF Elective Congress as one united bloc.

“There is no leader to co-ordinate South West,” lamented one of the FA Chairmen from the zone.

“Everybody is doing his own thing and that may go on to hurt us as a zone in the Elections.”

By the last count, half a dozen persons from the South West have purchased nomination forms for the forthcoming polls in Benin City.

Akinwunmi himself, David Doherty – NFF Presidency

Otunba Dele Ajayi – NFF 1st Vice Presidency

Ganiyu Majekodunmi, Ayodeji Adegbenro, Alhaji Gaafar – NFF Executive Committee Member    

It was learnt that Akinwunmi was livid when he was told that close ally and Ogun FA Chairman Majekodunmi had picked a nomination form without consulting him.

The NFF 1st Vice President, it was further gathered, has now agreed to endorse the candidature of Doherty for the NFF Presidency after the backlash that followed his purported refusal to do so in the first instance.

Akinwunmi is increasingly being exposed as a political lightweight, who has for the past eight years benefitted mainly from the power base of outgoing NFF President Amaju Pinnick.

Both friends are now going their separate ways.

An attempt by him to forge an alliance with the Northern group led by Ibrahim Gusau has failed.


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