A Federal High Court sitting in Jos, Plateau State has on Friday dismissed the Nigeria Football Federation President, Amaju Pinnick, even as it ordered Chris Giwa to resume office as President of the football federation.
While delivering his verdict, the judge in charge, Justice Musa Kurya granted the prayers of Yahaya Adama and Senator Obinna Ogba, to relist the case which among other things had sought to nullify the Warri General Assembly and the subsequent elective congress that turned in Pinnick as President of the NFF.
Justice Kurya also ruled that the election of August 26, 2014 remained valid, hence identifying Giwa as the president of the NFF.
The order also barred individuals from interfering with the duties and functions of the NFF board under the leadership of Giwa.
Before the court ruling, many Nigerians had demanded the resignation of Pinnick from office following the failure of the Super Eagles to qualify for the AFCON 2017.
However, Pinnick played down the calls for his resignation, describing them as unnecessary.
Reacting to the sack, the Pinnick-led board also filed an appeal and a stay-of-execution against the decision of the Federal High Court, Jos.
In a statement released on Friday, the first vice-president of the NFF, Seyi Akinwunmi, described the situation as a sad one, adding that the board was still in control.
“We have filed for stay-of-execution and that means the status quo remains and anything done is done at the actors’ peril. I can assure football –loving Nigerians that there is no reason to panic as we are in full charge and there is no trouble whatsoever. There is no order for the Giwa group to take over the Glass House. In fact many of his so called board members have called to dissociate themselves from the matter,” he said.
Meanwhile, another hearing has been fixed for Saturday, April 30 but Pinnick has been ordered by the court to vacate the office of the NFF president pending the final hearing.