Pinnick ordered to support Hayatou during CAF polls

The current CAF president, Issa Hayatou, from Cameroon,
seems to have gotten an endorsement from Nigeria’s government, in his bid to be
re-elected again.
It has been reported that the government has ordered the
country’s football association to back Issa Hayatou, according to a senior
official, on Monday.
Tellforceblog: Pinnick ordered to support Hayatou during CAF polls

Recall that Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president,
Amaju Pinnick, has publicly came out in support of Hayatou’s main opponent,
Ahmad Ahmad, but a decree is coming from the top now to him to drop his support
for Ahmad.
Pinnick’s backing for Madagascar’s Ahmad seems to be
widening the gap between the NFF and the Nigeria sport’s minister, Solomon
Dalung, and Nigerian members of CAF’s executive committee.
A senior official, who preferred anonymity, in the
presidency established that a meeting chaired by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo
has ordered Pinnick to vote for Hayatou due to the co-existing ties between Nigerian
and Cameroon.
He said: “There is an
existing joint relationship between Nigeria and Cameroon and most recently both
countries collaborated in the fight against the Boko Haram insurgency,” he
added.

“We can’t afford to
jeopardise this relationship.

“Pinnick has therefore
been ordered to cast his vote for Hayatou even if every other country failed to
do so, as Nigeria does not owe Madagascar anything.”
Nigeria has been fighting Islamist rebels Boko Haram since
2009 in a conflict that has left at least 20,000 people dead and displaced more
than 2.6 million.
Nigeria with Cameroon, as well as Chad and Niger, have been
fight Islamist extremist, Boko Haram since 2009, which by implication could be
an added advantage for Hayatou to get Nigerian’s support.
The sport’s minister, Dalung, had earlier this month
indicated his interest for Nigerian vote to go for Hayatou and said this was in
the country’s interest and for a reason of geographical proximity but also being
“a true friend”.
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