The president of the Nigeria Football Federation Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick could take over as the acting president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) after French police arrested CAF president Ahmad Ahmad in Paris earlier on Thursday.
Ahmad was arrested due to allegations of corruption and financial misappropriation involving a French company, Tactical steel.
According to CAF’s bylaws, Pinnick, who is the first vice president, will assume his duties for a transitional period of four months before convening an elective extraordinary meeting.
“If the President ceases exercising his functions on a permanent basis the first VicePresident shall assume the presidency, and shall be obliged to convene an Extraordinary General Assembly, in accordance with these Statutes.
The Extraordinary General Assembly shall elect a new President, within a period not exceeding four (4) months from the time the office of President becomes conclusively vacant.”
The NFF president was appointed CAF’s first vice president in July 2018 after Kwesi Nyatakyi stepped down following a corruption scandal.
This news is an interesting development considering the fact that the CAF President, Ahmad Ahmad has neither been suspended nor removed from his office.
He is expected to be at the opening ceremony of the 2019 African Cup of Nations in Egypt, starting on June 21.