NFF saga: Anxiety as court fails to vacate Giwa’s ex-parte order

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Pinnick and Giwa
A Federal High Court sitting in Jos on Friday failed to vacate the ex-parte granted Chris Giwa, one of the parties in the leadership crisis that has engulfed the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
Tuesday, August 21, promises to be another historic day for Nigerian Football as many fear a ban may descend on Nigeia from world governing football body, FIFA.
A last-ditch effort by Sports Minister, Barrister Solomon Dalung, to meet FIFA in Switzerland to stave off a ban following an August 20, 2018 deadline to restore Amaju Pinnick as NFF President, was rebuffed by FIFA.

Replying to the letter seeking to meet FIFA leadership in Switzerland, the world football governing body wrote: “While we are aware of the seriousness and urgency of the matter, we regret to inform you that we are not in a position to respond favourably to your request for an appointment with the FIFA Leadership. In fact, the FIFA President is indisposed during the proposed period,” stated FIFA in their response.

“Moreover, we would Iike to recall that one member of the proposed delegation, Mr Chris Giwa, is currently under a worldwide ban, in accordance with the decision of the FIFA DiscipIinary Committee dated 10 January 2017 to extend the five—year ban from taking part in any kind of football-related activity imposed by the Nigeria FootbaIl Federation’s (NFF) Disciplinary Committee on 12 May 2016…

“We would Iike to emphasise that we normally communicate with and through our member associations, in this case the NFF under its Iegitimate President, Amaju Melvin Pinnick.

“Consequently, we would be grateful to have any future correspondence be routed through the NFF directly,” added FIFA, to reiterate its displeasure that the Minister wrote through Nigeria’s ambassador to Switzerland.

The Federal High Court had granted the order on June 5, 2018, which gave Giwa the impetus to pose as the President of the NFF in the case betweenYahaya Adama/Obinna Ogba and Aminu Maigari/Musa Ahmadu and two others.
The order had followed a Supreme Court judgment asking the lower court to again look at the matter between Yahaya group and Maigari’s group for determination.
Following that order, Giwa moved into the NFF headquarters last month, a development that did not go down well with Giwa’s rival, Amaju Pinnick, who rushed to the court with three motions on notice asking the court to vacate the order.

 

FIFA had given Nigeria up to Monday, August 20, 2018 to resolve the NFF leadership crisis between Chris Giwa and Amaju Pinnick or face ban on all football matters.

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