Abia State Governor, Okezie Victor Ikpeazu has charged Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) President, Amaju Pinnick to unify the Nigerian football family.
Then governor while congratulating Pinnick on his re-election said in a statement that the task before Pinnick was enormous, adding that Nigerians have come to trust his leadership hence the fresh mandate to lead the federation.
The statement dated September 24, 2018 and signed by Governor Ikpeazu, reads: “I write to celebrate with you on your recent re-election to the office of the President of the Nigeria Football Federation.
“For those of us who know you and are associated with you, your steady rise through the ranks of global footballing administration is not coming as a surprise to us. This has always been your passion and it is gratifying seeing someone with the passion and competence to drive change succeeding at their endeavour.”
The Governor added, “I am aware that the task ahead is enormous both in terms of unifying the football family in Nigeria and ensuring qualification and good outings of our national teams at various continental and global competitions.
“I am also aware that you have what it takes to take football in Nigeria to never-attained heights.
“On behalf of my family, the Government and people of Abia State, I offer my congratulations and pray God to guide and guard you going forward.”
The Abia governor will be remembered for standing with Pinnick and the NFF in the trying times of court injunctions.
On July 9, 2018 he wrote a letter congratulating Pinnick for his elevation to the office of the First Vice President of CAF and vowing to stand firm with him.
Ikpeazu wrote then, “I am not unmindful of the attempts to distract you at home.