President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick ,has come under heavy attack from the Nigeria Football Supporters Club (NFSC) Board of Trustees (BoT) over the unending crisis in the club.
Members of the BoT, who addressed a world press conference in Lagos on Friday, accused Pinnick of fueling the crisis in the club by giving undue recognition to the Prince Vincent Okumagba's factional acclaimed leadership of the club.
The BoT members speaking through the President-General of the NFSC worldwide, Rafiu Ladipo ratified the election of Reverend Sam Ikpea as the duely elected national chairman alongside other elected officers of the club in the national election held on December 10, 2016 in Lagos. The election was conducted by the NFF approved electoral committee, headed by Elder Ademola Bankole.
They declared the acclaimed leadership of Prince Okumagba as illegal as he was never elected by the bonafide members and advised Pinnick to focus on his job as the NFF boss and stay clear of the Supporters Club's affairs which should be left in the hands of its members.
"If Pinnick was complaining about the election of Giwa, then he should not support illegality. If he cannot support the supporters club like the past NFF Presidents, he should not destroy the club.
"The Supporters Club cuts over all the tribal lines, it knows no tribe or religious divide but Pinnick is destroying that by the undue recognition he gives to Okumagba, simple because they are from the same state. He [Pinnick] boasted to me some months back that it's his right to recognise and work with any group he chooses no matter what is on ground," he said.
President of the Supporters Club Elder Forum, Isaac Ukpebor, who also spoke, stated: “Okumagba has never been our chairman before and cannot be chairman. Over 80 per cent of the supporters club members don't want him, so why must he force himself on the club. Leadership is chosen and not by force