S/Court sends Giwa, Pin­nick back to high court for re­trial

NFF lead­er­ship tus­sle:

Weekly Trust - - Sportxtra - By Cle­ment A. Oloyede

The Supreme Court has set aside the 2016 judg­ment of the Ap­peal Court on the lead­er­ship tus­sle of the Nige­rian Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion (NFF). Chris Giwa and his board had dragged the FIFA-recog­nised Amaju Pin­nick-led board to the Supreme Court, to set aside the ver­dict of the Ap­peal Court which set aside the rul­ing of a Fed­eral High Court in Jos that or­dered the con­tin­u­a­tion of the case.

Giwa and his board had claimed in the orig­i­nat­ing suit that the man­date given to them by the congress of the NFF in Au­gust 2013 was sacro­sanct.

They also in­sisted that the elec­tion in Warri that brought in the Pin­nick group was held in de­fi­ance of a High Court or­der.

How­ever, Pin­nick-led board held on to FIFA statutes in ar­gu­ing that foot­ball matters must not be ad­ju­di­cated in the or­di­nary court.

They also in­sisted that the plain­tiffs had been banned by the world foot­ball gov­ern­ing body.

De­liv­er­ing the Supreme Court’s lead judg­ment on Fri­day, the Chief Jus­tice of Nige­ria, Wal­ter Onnoghen held that the ap­pel­late court was wrong in set­ting aside the rul­ing of a Fed­eral High Court in Jos which or­dered the con­tin­u­a­tion of the case.

While Giwa asked the Supreme Court to evoke its pow­ers un­der Sec­tion 22 of Supreme Court Act to hear the suit on its merit as a court of first in­stance, the Supreme Court held that the plea did not meet with the con­di­tions re­quired for the apex court to evoke its pow­ers.

The apex court how­ever or­dered that the case be re-listed at the high court to hear it ex­pe­di­tiously.

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