Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president, Amaju Pinnick, has given the strongest hint that he will not compete for the Federation's presidency in September.
Amaju Pinnick provides update on his future as NFF president
The 51-year-old's tenure will end this year, but he is eligible to contest for a third term.
Pinnick's second term as NFF president ends later this year, but the Delta state-born football administrator is eligible to seek a third term in office.
Pinnick to say goodbye to NFF in September
There were reports last week that Pinnick would seek a third term due to pressure from external forces.
However, the 51-year-old, who is also a member of the FIFA Executive Council, has debunked those rumours, saying he will likely not contest for a third term in office.
The CAF Emergency Committee member says his family has asked him not to contest, saying the job is taking a toll on him.
“I’m eligible to run (for a third term) based on the status," Pinnick said on Arise TV.
Do I want to run? It’s a no-no, my family is very key to me, they said it’s taking its toll on me and the family.
Pinnick, however, revealed he had the intention of contesting again, but his family stopped him.
They believe that I’ve done my best and it’s time to move on. It’s a regrettable decision, but it’s the best,” Pinnick added.
Who replaces Pinnick?
Pinnick's latest decision makes the election scheduled for September interesting. NFF's first vice-president, Barrister Seyi Akinwumi, is likely to contest, but reports say Pinnick wants a Northerner to succeed him in the office.
The South has been in power since 2014 as Pinnick is currently in his second term in office. As a result, the 51-year-old believes the North should take over when his tenure ends later this year.
Pinnick took over from Aminu Maigari in 2014, and he remains the only NFF president to serve two consecutive terms in office.