Ibrahim Gusau: ‘Chop Their Dollars, But Don’t Vote For Them’
Ibrahim Gusau may have finally brought a much-welcome end to the vote-buying that has marred the NFF Elections in the last eight years after his popularity in the NFF Congress propelled him to top of Nigeria Football today in Benin City.
While the so-called front runners were busy outspending themselves in US Dollars to delegates, Chairman of Chairmen Gusau simply told his supporters: “If they offer you Dollars, take it, but don’t vote for them.”
Fellow Presidential aspirant Idah Peterside raised alarm over the cash that was offered voters by his rivals that he asked for anti-corruption agency EFCC to come down.
But the Zamfara FA Chairman, a civil servant, counted on one important thing – Amana (the Hausa word that your promise ought to be your bond).
It looked like Gusau’s supporters may fall for the US Dollars flying everywhere and turn their back to him, but they did not.
Rather they rose to occasion by standing true to the promise they made to him.
“The Congress loves Gusau, he is always there for them,” an official remarked.
“His work of sacrifice has been rewarded.”
Former NFF President Amaju Pinnick has boasted he “installed” his “staunchest loyalists”, but Gusau was the only man who stood up to him that he cannot go for a third term.
Four years ago, Pinnick had to go down on his knees in Katsina for Gusau to ensure he is re-elected.