Amaju Pinnick and the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), have reacted to his removal as the first Vice President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Thursday.
Pinnick in his reaction to the announcement of his removal thanked the African football body for an opportunity to serve and also congratulated the newly appointed Vice Presidents. Pinnick said;
“My commitment to the game is perpetual while my support for my colleagues in the Executive Committee remains steadfast.
“I congratulate Omari, Lekjaa and Danny on the assumption of their new roles as 1st, 2nd and 3rd Vice CAF Presidents respectively.”
The NFF on its own part disclosed that the removal of Pinnick as CAF’s Vice-President was in line with Article 22 (4) of the CAF Statutes. The statement from Ademola Olajire, NFF’s Director of Communications reads;
“In line with Article 22 (4) of the CAF Statutes, every two years when elections are held at the CAF Congress (as took place today), the CAF Executive Committee on the proposal of the CAF President, elects a 1st, 2nd and 3rd Vice President, respectively from among its members.
“Significantly, the renewal of Amaju Pinnick’s tenure was not proposed by the CAF President because of fundamental differences on focus and direction.
“Pinnick accepted the decision of the President as it aligned with his own view having considered matters surrounding the administration of African Football which have dovetailed into the Nigerian Football space.
“He will, however, remain a bonafide member of the CAF Executive Committee to continue with his mandate as such.”