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Maigari wins controversial poll

By Farayi Mungazi
BBC Sport

Segun Odegbami
Odegbami was unhappy with the electoral process

Aminu Maigari is the new president of Nigeria's Football Federation (NFF).

But the election that brought him to power in Abuja on Thursday was overshadowed by the withdrawal of his main rival for the post.

Super Eagles legend Segun Odegbami did not take part in the poll because he was "obeying court orders".

A petition challenging the validity of the poll was last week upheld by a Lagos high court which then issued an injunction against the elections.

The elections went ahead nonetheless and thrust Maigari into one of the hottest seats in African sport.

Maigari had been in charge of the NFF on an interim basis following the impeachment of Sani Lulu in the aftermath of a disastrous World Cup campaign by the Super Eagles in South Africa.

But events in the Nigerian capital also left a very bitter taste in the mouth for Odegbami, who was widely tipped to fulfil a long-held ambition and become the NFF boss.

"I wasn't happy with the electoral process and I challenged it constitutionally," Odegbami told BBC Sport on Thursday.

"When the court injunction came, I decided that I was not going to be lawless, so I stayed away from the venue in line with the decision of the court that the elections should not be held.

"How things will play out now is not for me to decide because I'm just a contestant who obeyed court orders."

Odegbami went on: "I wrote a petition to Fifa asking them to clarify the Nigerian situation because there appears to be many areas of conflict between their statutes and those of the Nigerian Football Federation.

"My contributions to Nigerian football will continue in my own way. I wish I was at the head of the federation but I'm not, so in whatever way one can, one will continue to support them [the NFF] but I'll pursue my petition before Fifa to the very end."

Listen to the full interview with Segun Odegbami in BBC Fast Track at 16:00 GMT on Friday, 27 August 2010.

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