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Why Court Sacked Pinnick-led NFF Board, Installed Giwa

Posted: Apr 8, 2016 at 7:26 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)
…I Will Appeal Ruling – Pinnick
Tony Ezimakor
A Federal High Court presided by Justice Musa Haruna Kurya on Friday sustained earlier orders of the court to the effect that the  Chris Giwa-led board of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is duly elected pending determination of the substantive suit.
The plaintiffs in the case, Yahaya Adama and Obinna Ogba, had applied for relisting of case in the protracted leadership tussle in the NFF which the court also granted.
Justice Ambrose Allagoa of the Federal High Court Jos had in 2014 nullified the proposed General Assembly of Nigeria in Warri and the subsequent Elective Congress of the football federation that elected one faction of the NFF-led by Amaju Pinnick.
Justice Allagoa said: “I have set aside all the proceedings and decisions of the Warri Extra Ordinary meeting of the 20th September and the Elective Congress of 30th September which were direct contravention of the orders of this court as granted on the 19th September.”
Ruling on the application Justice Kurya held that earlier orders of the court are sustained, effectively giving  Chris Giwa a shot at the federation until the final determination of the suit.
The court also ordered the Minister of Sports to recognise  the Giwa- Led Board of the NFF as board known to law.
The order also bars anybody from interfering with the duties and functions of the NFF board under the leadership of Chris Giwa.
By the court’s ruling, effective by Friday, all the proceedings and decisions of the Warri Extra Ordinary Congress of NFF held 20th September, 2014 and the Elective Congress of 30th September, 2014 which elected Amaju Pinnick as President of the NFF were declared null and void.
Speaking shortly after the ruling of the court, Barrister Damon Dashe told our correspondent that his clients would certainly appeal the decisions of the court.
But Barrister Habila Azard, counsel to Giwa and his board, pointed out that his clients had been vindicated as the authentic leadership of the football body, and that “they can now settle down and resume all their functions because that is all we have been fighting for.”
Hearing on the substantive matter has been adjourned till 30th of May.
Meanwhile, Effiong Johnson, a member of the new leadership, has declared the readiness of the new board to take football to greater heights.
Johnson also urged all staff to remain calm and committed to their assignments.
He said the new leadership would meet to draw a road map for football development for the country.
He urged all teams currently in camp for one competition or the other to focus on the task at hand as he named Dr. Robinson Okosun as the new spokesman of the federation.
 Okosun a veteran sports journalist and psychologist takes over from Demola Olajire.