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Jos High Court sacks Pinnick, orders recognition of Giwa as new NFF President

Amaju Pinnick
Amaju Pinnick, NFF President
A Federal High Court sitting in Jos, Friday granted the prayers of Yahaya Adama and Senator Obinna Ogba, to relist the case which among other things had sought to nullify the Warri General Assembly and the subsequent elective congress that turned in Mr. Amaju Pinnick as President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
Justice Musa Haruna Kurya, while delivering his ruling on the matter went ahead to also sustain all the previous orders of the court, effectively making Ambassador Chris Giwa, the Head of the federation until the final determination of the suit.
By the orders of the court, therefore, the Minister of Sports is compelled to accept the Giwa-led Board of the NFF as the recognized board by the law.
The order also barred individuals from interfering with the duties and functions of the NFF board under the leadership of Chris Giwa.
The court effectively by Friday ruling has set aside all the proceedings and decisions of the Warri Extra-ordinary meeting of September 20, 2014 and the Elective Congress of September 30, 2014 which elected Amaju Pinnick as President of the NFF.
Speaking shortly after the ruling of the court, Barrister Damon Dashe said his clients will certainly appeal the decisions of the court.
On his part, counsel to Yahaya Adama and Senator Obinna Ogba, Barrister Habila Azard said his clients have been vindicated and that, “they can now settle down and resume all their functions because that is all we have been fighting for”.
The Case has now been adjourned till the 30th of May for hearing of the substantive matter.

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