A Federal High Court in Jos, capital city of Plateau State has sacked the Amaju Pinnick-led board of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and declared Chris Giwa as president of the national football body.
The court headed by Justice Musa Haruna Kurya nullified the election held in Warri which brought Pinnick to power on Friday morning and Giwa has stated that he will resume at the NFF office in Abuja immediately and name a new board.
However, Pinnick, a former Delta State Sports Commission (DSSC) boss says he will file for the court to temporarily suspend the judgement.
“This is not good for Nigerian football, we will file for stay of execution,” Pinnick told a popular TV station after the ruling.
Nigeria risks a FIFA hammer for this latest development. FIFA had ruled Giwa’s election invalid, mostly due to ineligible delegates, and ordered fresh elections to be carried out. Amaju Pinnick subsequently emerged as NFF president and Giwa had withdrawn a case challenging the result of the elections when FIFA threatened to ban Nigeria.
But in January, after a meeting called by current sports minister, Solomon Dalung aimed at reconciling the NFF descended into recriminations, he re-filed his lawsuit.