Vote-Buying Again Tarnishes NFF Elections As Presidential Aspirants Splash Dollars For Votes
The new NFF President to be elected today in Benin City will be the man who would have outspent his main rival with US Dollars.
The two main rivals – one from the North and the other from the South – have been locked in “a brutal Dollar fight” that has left the camp of a third aspirant decimated and in total confusion.
Even the financial backer of the third aspirant appears to have fallen for the Dollars.
The Northern candidate took most observers by surprise when he started doling out $10,000 per delegate and he also insisted on doing so by personally handing over the raw cash to the voter.
His rival has boasted he will more than match this figure.
The Southern candidate has got the financial support of his State Government, but not the blessings of former NFF President Amaju Pinnick and it is left to be seen just how crucial this will be.
Sworn allegiances and alliances have again been thrown into the dustbin as delegates scrambled for raw cash at the Edo Heritage Hotel in Benin City overnight.
Vote-buying which first gained currency at the 2014 Elections in Warri and continued unchecked at the 2018 polls has come to stay and the NFF Presidency will again be for the highest spender.
The other strategy by the preferred candidate, who has the full blessings of Pinnick, is for ballot papers to be specially marked.
Delegates will be called out by alphabetical order and that way the supervisors will know how each and every delegate voted.
That was the same tactic employed successfully in Katsina four years ago.