Two-time President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick has said that he is undecided over seeking a third term as the head of the country’s football federation.
Reports have indicated that the FIFA Council member, who is concluding his second term in office, is seeking re-election for a third term.
Some reports also quoted Pinnick saying, he had received several calls from “very influential Nigerians” to seek re-election.
“I had initially decided not to vie, but I have been receiving several calls from very influential Nigerians as well as genuine lovers of the sport urging me to seek another term. It is within the law and I will decide about it when the right time comes,” Pinnick was quoted as saying.
“I’m yet to talk to my family and my business associates though, but there are people who want me to continue,” Pinnick added.
Speaking in a chat with Punch, the NFF president admitted to there were pressure from some individuals for him to contest in the upcoming elections but he has not made up his mind.
He said, “I’m not going to grant any interviews in Nigeria. The interview I granted was in Kenya and does not mean I have agreed or I will agree to contest for the third term or not. I said this in Kenya and I’m not going to grant any interview in Nigeria.
“A lot of Nigerians in Kenya want me to contest, but it does not mean I have accepted. I have not said that I’m going to contest, but I must respect the fact that many meaningful Nigerians want me to continue.
“I’m going to grant an interview this week, but at the moment, my position stands. Amaju Pinnick is not contesting for a third term election.”