… Federation appeals ruling
A Federal High Court sitting in Jos on Thursday ruled that elections that ushered in Amaju Pinnick as president of the Nigeria Football Federation last month were illegal.
FIFA had already warned that should anything hinder the newly-elected NFF executive committee from operating, Nigeria would be banned till its next congress in May, africanFootball.com reports.
Justice Ambrose Allagoa ruled that the September 30 election in Warri as well as the congress preceding it were against his orders.
“I have set aside all the proceedings and decisions of the Warri Extra Ordinary meeting of the 20th September and the Elective Congress of 30th September which were direct contraventions of the orders of this court as granted on the 19th September,” africanFootball.com quoted the judge as saying on Thursday.
“Nobody should foist on the court a complete case of hopelessness so that the principles of law and justice can be upheld. It’s not enough to say that the order of court was wrongly made, no matter how unorthodox, its subsisting orders, unless set aside, remains law and must be respected.
“Defendants in this matter have not filed any counter affidavits in this court to contest the facts. There is no motion nor Memorandum of Appearance. This is a court of Record. On this note, the court has no option to protect the integrity and sanctity of court. Court orders are not tea party. Nobody is above the law. Impunity must be stopped.”
Meanwhile, the NFF has filed an appeal against the nullification of its election by the court.
The judge, according to the federation, annulled the elections despite a preliminary objection filed to challenge the court’s jurisdiction to hear the case.
The federation’s 1st Vice President, Seyi Akinwunmi, said: “We have been notified of the ruling of the court, which was made in spite of our filing for a preliminary objection concerning the jurisdiction of the court.
“However, our lawyers have gone to work immediately the order was made. We are appealing the ruling and also filing for stay of execution of the order.”
Source: The Nation