Akin Akinbobola, the runner-up in Wednesday’s Ondo State Football Association (FA) election, on Friday in Akure said he would not file any appeal against the outcome of the election.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Dele Ajayi had won the FA election on Wednesday to become the new Chairman of the association’s board.
Akinbobola however told newsmen that, while the election had many discrepancies which he and his supporters were unhappy about, he was not thinking of any appeal.
He said he was going to toe the path of peace in order for football to develop in the state.
“After consultation with stakeholders from within and outside the state, I have concluded on the matter of the election.
“We deliberately decided that even though the electoral process was marred with discrepancies, but because we are sportsmen and we want to serve, we have decided not to appeal the outcome of the election.
“We have decided to let it go and not appeal. We will sit and watch with prayers that Ondo State football will grow, develop and prosper,” Akinbobola said.
He faulted some of the electoral committee’s actions, saying while stakeholders complained and raised issues with the voting lists the electoral committee never listened.
Akinbobola said he would do some thinking on whether to work with the winner (Ajayi) of the election if football activities developed and progressed in the state.
He said challenging the electoral process would be drawing football in Ondo State back, saying “we are just being patriotic. But let’s see if our football can grow.”
Akinbobola however urged the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to always constitute football electoral committees outside the people in the state for free and fair outcome.(NAN)