Read the statement from Pinnickâ€™s lawyer,
Festus Keyamo belowâ€¦
We are solicitors to the Nigerian Football Federation led by
Amaju Pinnick. We are also solicitors to the Defendants in Suit No.
FHC/J/CS/77/2016: Between Yahaya Adama & Anor. V. Maigari &
Ors. Our attention has been drawn to several media reports to the
effect that the Federal High Court sitting in Jos sacked the Board
of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) led by Mr. Amaju Pinnick
and installed Mr. Chris Giwa as the new Chairman of the NFF.
This is nothing but total and complete falsehood. We are
constrained to issue this statement to set the records straight
owing to the sensitive nature of football administration in
For the purpose of clarity, at no time did the Honourable
Court order the installation of one Chris Giwa as Chairman of the
NFF as neither Chris Giwa nor Amaju Pinnick are parties to the
present suit in JOS. It is therefore a distortion of the Order of
the Honourable Court to assume that Chris Giwa was ordered to
resume as the Chairman of the NFF.Â The Supreme Court
of Nigeria has held times without number that no court of law can
issue an Order against a person that is not a party in a suit
before a court without joining or hearing from that party. And
Â no court of law can also install a party in an office
who is not before the Court praying for such an Order. The said
Chris Giwa is not a party before the case at the Federal High Court
and the Court NEVER made an Order installing him as NFF President.
It is like the bizarre case of the proxies of a loser in an
election suing only INEC without joining the other victorious party
in the case. How can a Court of Law or Tribunal remove the
victorious Party from office without joining him or even making a
positive Order to that effect? It is simply a legal impossibility.
What the so-called Chris Giwa is attempting to do is nothing but
sheer brigandage and we shall be writing to all authorities
concerned to arrest and prosecute him he dares to take the laws
into his hands. The Minister of Sports is also advised not to aid
this sheer madness. Whoever wants to remove Amaju Pinnick and
members of the NFF board from office must approach the court to
join them as parties and must seek clear and positive Orders
against each and everyone of them. The public and all football
lovers must ignore this storm in a tea cup. There is simply NO
COURT ORDER removing anybody from office.
To set the records straight, sometime in 2014, one Yahaya
Adama and Obinna Ogba commenced an action against Alhaji Aminu
Maigari and three others challenging the convening of the Ordinary
General Assembly and the subsequent election conducted into the
various offices of the NFF on 30thÂ of
September, 2014. In the course of the proceedings, the Court made
three different Orders as follows:
1.Â Â Â The Court first
issued an Order dated 19th day of September, 2014, restraining the
Defendants from proceeding with the Congress
2.Â Â Â The Court later
issued an Order dated 23rd day of October, 2014 nullifying or
setting aside the purported election conducted into the Executive
Committee/Board of the NFF
3.Â Â Â Finally, the Court
made an Order dated 30th day of October, 2014, setting aside all
the previous Orders made above.
Please, find attached a Certified True Copy of the last
The last Order was made just before the case was withdrawn and
struck out on the 30th October, 2014.
However, in December, 2015, Messrs Yahaya Adama and Obinna
Ogba again applied to the Federal High Court for a relisting of the
Suit and the restoration of
all Orders made by this Honourable Court in suit no.
FHC/L/CS/77/2014 before this suit was struck out by this Honourable
Court on 30th October, 2014.â€
Gentlemen, it is the exact prayer as stated above that the Court
granted on Friday, April 8, 2016. What this clearly means is that
the court also restored its final Order made on the 30th of
October, 2014, as stated above before the case was struck out, that
set aside all the previous Orders made, especially the one
nullifying the NFF election held in Warri on 30th September, 2014.
In fact, the court could not have granted the Plaintiffs a final
Order at an interlocutory stage. Anyone who feels otherwise should
go back to Court.
In any event, we are dissatisfied with the re-listing of the
case and a Motion or an application urging the Court to set aside
its Ruling has been filed and is pending before the Court. The
Defendants have also lodged an appeal against the Ruling of the
Court and have also filed an application for stay of further
proceedings pending the determination of the Appeal. It is expected
that as law abiding citizens, no steps would be taken by any party
to frustrate the judicial process.
FESTUS KEYAMO, ESQ.