A Federal High Court sitting in Jos, Plateau State has nullified the election that brought in NFF President, Amaju Pimnick and his board members on September 30, 2014 in Warri.
Justice Musa Haruna Kurya delivered the ruling on Friday over the re-listed suit challenging the election of Pinnick as the President of the Nigerian Football Federation.
Before the elections in Warri, Chris Giwa, in controversial circumstance had been declared new President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) through another congress in Abuja.
In 2015, Justice Ambrose Allagoa, who presided over the hearing, had ruled that the election as well as the congress preceding it were against his orders and ordered the plaintiff Giwa to return to office.
But FIFA was watching and warned Nigeria will be banned if the court ruling stops the newly-elected executive committee of Amaju Pinnick from working.
Amaju Pinnick confirmed the ruling of the court, adding that it is a setback for Nigerian football.
“It is sad we are still taking football matters to court. The NFF will file for stay of execution and later appeal the case.”
And in a series of tweets, sports analyst and broadcaster, Colin Udoh, said:
Important to note that Jos court did not issue any fresh orders. Simply restored those previously granted by Justice Allagoa
NFF have filed an appeal, a motion to vacate the order and a motion for a stay-of-execution against the judgement of the Jos High Court
Implication is that the status quo remains. Meaning Amaju Pinnick remains NFF President pending determination of suit