Nigeria is in danger of another FIFA ban after a court ruled that elections that ushered in Delta FA chairman Amaju Pinnick as president of the Nigeria Football Federation last month were illegal.
World football governing body FIFA have warned that should anything hinder the newly-elected NFF executive committee led by Pinnick from operating, they will move for an automatic ban for the country till the next FIFA congress in May.
On Thursday, Justice Ambrose Allagoa of the Federal High Court Jos ruled against the NFF elections in Warri of September 30 as well as the congress preceding it because they 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 contravention of the orders of this court as granted on the 19th September,” Justice Allagoa said.
“Nobody should foist on the court a complete case of hopelessness so that the principles of law and justice can be upheld. Its 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.”
A lawyer representing the NFF Damon Danshe said his clients would appeal this ruling and which they have done.
“We shall consult with our clients, but certainly we shall go to the Court of Appeal as we are not satisfied with the decisions of the court in this matter,” he said.
Some persons on behalf of Chris Giwa, who maintained he was elected NFF president on August 26, took the matter the court even though FIFA statutes forbid football matters to be deliberated in a civil court.
FIFA did not recognise the election of Giwa and warned he and his supporters to vacate the NFF office in Abuja.
In July, Nigeria was suspended briefly after another Jos court sacked the NFF then led by Aminu Maigari and the country’s sports minister appointed a civil servant to run the federation.