The chairman of the Delta State Sports Commission, Mr. Amaju Pinnick, has called on the leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, toÂ as a matter of urgency,Â apologise to the government and people of Rivers State for directing it to reverse its decision on the routine transfer of the General Manager of Sharks Football Club of Port Harcourt.
Speaking in Asaba while receiving an award as Niger Delta Ambassador of Sports and Youth Development by the National Association of Niger Delta Students, NANDS, Mr. Pinnick, who is also the chairman of the Delta State Football Association, DFA, said the action smacks of personal agenda by some group of individuals who aim to destabilise the good work of the Rivers State government.
Describing the action as very sad, the Delta Sports Commission boss said it is curious that a normal routine re-deployment of a civil servant by its employers would be described as government interference when such a person was not elected but deployed to the club having also served as an official of the Rivers State traditional rulerâ€™s council earlier.
Mr. Pinnick wondered what has given the NFF the power to interfere with normal civil service re-deployment being carried out in Sharks F.C and called on the management of Sharks FC to resist any pecuniary motive so expressed by the NFF over the posting in the club, calling on them not to succumb to such cheap blackmail.
Pinnick called on the leadership of the NFF to rescind its decision as it is an insult to the government of Rivers State whose governor, Rotimi Amechi, is now playing a prominent role in Nigeriaâ€™s football.
He then disclosed that the vote of Warri Wolves in the forth-coming NPL elections will go to Sam Sam Jaja whom he described as a man who has done a lot for the development of the game of football in the country with his activities as chairman of the Nigeria Referees Association, NRA, and a former member of the NFA.