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Total Promotions takes sports minister to court

The court case over the title sponsorship of the Nigeria Premier League (NPL) will resume on Monday at a Federal High Court in Lagos following a suit filed by Total Promotions Limited. learned that Total Promotions Limited took the matter to court in a suit No FHC/L/CS/68/2011 of January 19, 2011.
Total Promotions Limited, which represented MTN Nigeria in the NPL title sponsorship bid of December 15 and 16 of 2010, is challenging the Premier League for cancelling the title sponsorship rights awarded to MTN via it.

In a media release, Total Promotion Limited claimed that the court order has been served on the NPL also addressed as the Nigeria Football League (NFL) in the suit.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) addressed as the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) in the suit and the sports minister are the other defendants.

“This matter is already before the Federal High Court and already served on NFL, NFA and THE HON. MIN. OF SPORTS.

For the Hon. Min. and his DG who both personally held hours of meeting with members of the NFL congress to display such open desperate and undue disregard for court process speaks volumes,” the statement from Total Promotions Limited read. The agency that did  bid on MTN’s behalf in the title sponsorship rights of Nigeria’s topflight said it has a contract with the NPL for the next four years.

The firm also claimed in its statement that none of the parties have the right to act alone like the NPL had done in invalidating the contract through its special congress.

“Total Promotions Ltd affirms it has a duly executed subsisting contract between the two parties for the next four years. “The contract fully states the process by which it can be vitiated by both parties. No part of this subsisting legal agreement gives one party the right to act unilaterally,” said the statement.


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