- The Supreme Court of Nigeria, on Friday April 27, refused to pass judgement on the suit seeking the sacking of the Amaju Pinnick-led executive committee of the NFF
- Rather, the apex court, sent the case back to the Federal High Court sitting in Jos
- The NFF took to Twitter to restate their stands after the court case
The Supreme Court of Nigeria, on Friday April 27, refused to pass judgement on the suit seeking the sacking of the Amaju Pinnick-led executive committee of the Nigeria Football Federation.
Rather, the apex court, sent the case back to the Federal High Court sitting in Jos, Plateau State, where it was commenced in September 2014, and ordered the said court to ensure an accelerated hearing.
The Supreme Court upheld the appellants’ contention that they could have the case re-listed before the Federal High Court after their settlement talks broke down, and rejected the plea by the appellants to have the case heard and determined on its merit.
The reason the apex court listed was that the conditions that could warrant hearing such case which ought to be heard by the Federal High Court had not been met.
Yahaya Adama and Obinna Ogba who were the appellant who had claimed that they and others were the authentic NFF executive committee members said to have been elected on August 26, 2014.
The Amaju NFF in response to the ongoing court case posted a few tweet to state clearly their stand on the matter, their tweets reads:
The NFF went ahead to release a Press Release to further clarify their stand on the legal drama. The press release reads:
THE SUPREME COURT DID NOT REMOVE AMAJU PINNICK OR THE NFF BOARD FROM OFFICE
Just this morning, the Supreme Court of Nigeria delivered Judgment in Appeal No. SC/731/2016 between YAHAYA ADAMA & 1 OTHER v. AMINU MAIGARI & 3 OTHERS.
The summary of the Supreme Court Judgment in plain language is that the complaint of Giwa and his supporters should be taken back to the Federal High Court so that they can be properly heard and the case determined one way or the other. So, the Supreme Court overturned the decision of the Court of Appeal which struck out the case of Giwa and his supporters that they should not be heard at all.
The Supreme Court did not remove Amaju Pinnick from office. The Supreme Court did not also sack the NFF Board from office. In fact, the Supreme Court specifically refused the prayers of Giwa and his supporters that the Supreme Court should determine the whole case and remove Amaju Pinnick from office under Section 22 of the Supreme Court Act.
This press release has become necessary because of the fake news being peddled by Giwa and his supporters that the Amaju Pinnick led Board has been sacked from office and he has been installed. No such thing happened at all. The public should be properly guided please.
The defendants to the suit were the then outgone executive committee of the NFF represented by its President, Alhaji Aminu Maigari, and Musa Adamu, the Plateau State Football Association representing the football association in the 36 states of the federation, the Federal Capital Territory, and the Minister of Sports.
Legit.ng previously reported that Amaju Pinnick, who is the head of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), has reportedly revealed that the Super Eagles will pocket massive $24 million if they win the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
In history, and since the commencement of the FIFA World Cup championship, Nigeria have never won the title and have never even gotten to the last eight of the tournament.
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