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FG Sacks NFF President Pinnick, Giwa Assumes Office

Valentine Chinyem

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The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports development has directed the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), to comply with the Supreme Court judgement delivered on April 27, 2018, which restored the orders of the Federal High Court, that the election of the present Executive Committee led by Amaju Pinnick of the NFF held on September 30, 2014, is null and void.

This was disclosed in a statement by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung.

The notification states thus;

‘I have been directed to notify you of the Orders dated June 5th 2018 made by Honorable Justice M. H. Kurya sitting at the Federal High Court Jos in respect of the above mentioned suit between Yahaya Adama Vs Alhaji Aminu Maigari which states that the election of the NFF held on August 26, 2014 under the leadership of Amb Chris Giwa be given recognition pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice filed in this case and that the purported ban of the Executive Committee elected on August 26, 2014 from football activities of the NFF is unconstitutional, null and void.

‘It is trite law that court orders are sacrosanct and any acts of disobedience to it constitutes threat to the rule of law. Consequent upon the above, you are hereby advised to comply with the orders of court made therein which for now, is the valid and binding order of court, in the absence of any other subsisting order or judgment to the contrary’.

Therefore, the minister of sports directed the parties involved to obey the court order.

“This is a court order and not from Dalung. I will not want to go to Kuje prison because of disobedience of court orders. Therefore, I hereby comply with the court orders of June 5th 2018, while Mr Amaju Pinnick and others are also directed to comply with same.”

 

However, Chris Giwa the new Substantive Chairman, who resumed office on Monday at the Secretariat of Nigeria Football Federation, spoke to journalists

He said his assumption of office is in line with the ruling of the Supreme Court, which nullified the election held in Warri by the erstwhile chairman, Amaju Pinnick, and upheld him as the chairman of the football governing body in Nigeria.

“I am here to claim my mandate as the substantive chairman elected on August 26, 2014.

 

“We waited for the other board to finish the preparations for World Cup so that we can assume office,” Giwa said.