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Court rules on NFF’s case Oct. 30

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Jos – The Federal High Court in Jos on Wednesday fixed Oct. 30 for ruling on an appeal for execution of its Oct. 23 ruling nullifying the General Assembly of Nigeria Football Federation in Warri, Delta.

Justice Ambrose Alagoa said this would enable him to rule on whether or not to stay execution of the ruling.

Mr Amaju Pinnick was elected NFF Chairman during the Warri Assembly and subsequent Elective Congress.

A faction of the NFF led by Chief Chris Giwa then went to court to seek annulment of the election.

Giwa said he was the authentic NFF Chairman after emerging victorious during its Aug. 25 election.

He urged the court to declare that his faction was the authentic managers of NFF and should be so declared.

In his ruling on that matter last week, Alagoa declared the Giwa faction of the NFF as authentic and ordered that its executive council be allowed to function.

“I have set aside all the proceedings and decisions of the Warri Extra Ordinary meeting of Sept. 20 and the Elective Congress of Sept. 30 which were direct contraventions of the orders of this court as granted on Sept. 19.

“Nobody should foist on the court a complete case of hopelessness so that the principles of law and justice can be upheld.

“It is not enough to say that the order of court was wrongly made, no matter how unorthodox. Its subsisting orders, unless set aside, remain law and must be respected.”

With FIFA’s threat to ban NFF, the country’s football associations quickly ran to the court to seek a stay of execution of the judgment that threw the football house into confusion.

In their arguments, lawyers to the appellants, Messrs Damon Dashe and Daniel Gwaza, argued that Nigeria was a member of FIFA and should therefore be bound by its statutes. (NAN)

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