The Counsel to Ambassador Chris Giwa, Chinedu Eze, has accused the Amaju Pinnick-led Nigeria Football Federation of flouting the Supreme Court order on the leadership tussle of the country’s football governing body, Nigeria Football Federation.
In a counter reaction to the position of the NFF on the judgement of the Supreme Court on Friday, Eze in a statement maintained that the Court set aside the judgment of the Court of Appeal and also confirmed the decision of the Federal High Court of relisting the case and restoring all its previous orders.
He insisted that the decision of the Federal High Court of relisting the suit and restoring all its orders, included the order recognising the Giwa Committee and the order as setting aside the election of Pinnick.
Accoding to him: “Our attention has been drawn to a statement credited to Barrister Festus Keyamo, SAN, wherein he sought to assert that Judgment of the Supreme Court delivered this morning, 27 April 2018, merely asked the parties to go back to the Federal High Court to continue their case. This cannot be so.
“The Supreme Court did not only remit the suit back for trial. And there is certainly no need for anybody to mislead the general public on the state of affairs.
“The facts are these. Following the application of the Plaintiffs in the Suit, the Federal High Court made an Interim Order on 19 September 2014 recognising the Executive Committee elected on 25 August 2015 (led by Ambassador Chris Giwa) as valid; and further restrained the defunct Executive Committee whose tenure of office expired on 24 August 2014 (led by Alhaji Aminu Maigari) from conducting any Congress or Election to re-elect any other person to the same office.
“Despite the subsistence of the above Orders, the Alhaji Aminu Maigari-led Committee proceeded to conduct the election wherein Amaju Pinnick was elected into Offie, in flagrant disobedience of subsisting orders of Court. This being so, the Federal High Court consequently, set aside and nullified the purported election that brought in Amaju Pinnick, same having been held in flagrant disobedience to the order of this Honourable Court made on 19th September, 2014.”
Eze opined that the development prompted Pinnick to run to the then President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, for his intervention.
Upon the intervention of the former President, his client, Giwa, discontinued the action on the understanding that the parties would settle their differences out of Court.
He said: “It turned out that the intervention was a sham plot, so the Plaintiffs (Giwa) had to go back to Court and prayed the Court to re-list the Suit and also restore all the previous Orders made by it. The Federal High Court accordingly re-listed the Suit and restored all the Orders it previously made in the Suit, including the Order nullifying and setting aside the election that brought in the Amaju-Pinnick led Committee.
“The Amaju Pinnick-led Committee were not happy, so they appealed to the Court of Appeal and complained that the Federal High Court could not relist and restore its Orders nullifying and setting aside their Election. The Court of Appeal agreed with them and set aside the decision of the Federal High Court.”