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We will disobey court order if….Yakmut

By Fidelis Ebu, Abuja
Nigeria Premier League yesterday dared the provisions of Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as it says its functions were not in compliance with the government of the land, but strictly in line with the football statutes as enshrined in Fifa and CAF Statutes and other international bodies.

Mallam Alhassan Yakmut, the NPL Executive Secretary warned yesterday that the league board would go ahead with the elections the moment it gets the go_ahead signal from the Nigeria Football Federation..

He also gave 24 hours ultimatum to those seeking redress in law courts on alleged infringements on their rights saying, football matter is addressed in court of arbitration for sports and not in conventional law courts.

Exuding confidence, Yakmut, who on Monday was directed to continue with the operations of the league after the dissolution of the NPL board by the congress said, “Anyone in football administration should mortgage the section 36 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”.

He however expressed that members of Fifa, CAF, WAFU, NFF as well as the NPL cannot seek redress in conventional law courts, but in CAS where he believes is the right place to correct all wrongs.

The NPL secretary insisted that all avenues in Fifa, CAF and other international organisations would be explored to deal with the situation should anyone insist to continue with the litigation expressing that the league board has drafted a letter to the soccer world governing body intimating it with the litigations threatening the smooth administration of football in the country.

Speaking as the new sole administrator of the NPL, Yakmut said he has widened the scope of marketing strategy in the bid to generate fund to administer the remaining matches of the league.


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