By: AYO OJEDOKUN, Lagos
As the crisis engulfing the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) intensifies, President General of Nigeria Football Supporters Club, Dr Rafiu Oladipo has joined the growing list of stakeholders who are calling on the embattled President of NFF, Amaju Pinnick to obey the Supreme Court judgement and vacate his position immediately.
The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports development had in a letter on Monday, directed the NFF, a parastatal under it’s Ministry to comply with the judgement of the Supreme Court delivered on April, 27, 2018 restored the orders of the Federal High Court, Jos setting aside the purported election into the Executive Committee of the NFF held on September, 30, 2014.
The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Barrister Solomon Dalung in a statement said the directive followed a written notification signed by the Attorney General and Minister of Justice requesting the Ministry to ensure full compliance of the order.
Oladipo stated that since the order came from the highest court in the land, Pinnick has no choice than to obey it, noting that his exit will lead to the restructuring of Nigerian football.
” I want to join patriotic Nigerians that have advised Pinnick and his co- travellers to obey the judgement of the Supreme Court and leave the stage.
” His exit will enable serious minded people to take charge of the glass house and come out with the best strategies of restructuring our football”, he noted.
He accused Pinnick of not understanding the politics of football which led to the early exit of the Super Eagles from the ongoing World Cup.
According to him, it is unfortunate that even when FIFA offered about 4,000 tickets to Nigeria for the World Cup, the NFF under Pinnick told Nigerians that we had only 200 tickets which they sold to the Supporters Club in dollars with commission charged and wondered why such a person should be allowed to continue as NFF President.
“An NFF that understands the politics of the game will understand the importance of supporters in a match. It is unfortunate that even when FIFA allocated 4,000 tickets to Nigeria, NFF under Pimnick declared only 200 and to make matters worse, they sold those tickets to us in dollars with commission and this made us not to stay in one particular place at the stadium to give maximum support to the Super Eagles which affected their performance”, he explained.
On the threat of FIFA ban, he was of the view that Nigeria should not be intimidated, describing the latest development as good riddance to bad rubbish.