APPEAL COURT DISMISSES HIGH COURT RULING GIVING GIWA NFF TOP POST, DECLARES PINNICK DULY ELECTED

In a judgement delivered by Hon Justice Joseph Tur at the Appeal Court, Jos on Monday, said the rulling of the federal High Court Jos on April 8 returning Chris Giwa to the Glass house was null and void.

Tur said that the case had been discontinued and that in the eyes of the law the case remained discontinued and that the plaintiffs were wrong in asking that the case be relisted.

The Federal High Court Jos had in a ruling on Oct. 23, 2014, granted the request of Giwa nullifying the result of the Warri General Assembly and the subsequent elective congress that brought in the current NFF board led by  Amaju Pinnick into office.

However, then President  Goodluck Jonathan faced with an imminent threat of FIFA ban had intervened, which led to  the Chris Giwa-led faction of the NFF withdrawing the case.

But Messrs. Adama Yahaya and Obinna Ogba, acting on behalf of the Giwa-led faction had again approached the court on March 10, 2016 asking it to re-list the matter which they had earlier withdrawn, after  the former president’s intervention claiming that most of the issues that led to the court case had not been resolved.

On April 8, Justice Musa Kurya, who heard the relisted case, ordered the recognition of Chris Giwa as the President of the NFF.  He also barred anybody from interfering with the duties and functions of the NFF board under the leadership of  Giwa.It was the ruling that the  Pinnick-led board  appealed.

 

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