Giwa storms NFF secretariat amid tight security

July 2nd, 2018

Following the order to the Amaju Pinnick-led exco to comply with the Supreme Court ruling which also recognised Chris Giwa as the President of the NFF, Giwa arrived at federation headquarters in Abuja at about 1:00pm with dozens of armed police already stationed around the premises, in an apparent attempt to enforce the court order.

Giwa and a handful of his board members held a meeting inside the boardroom after which he (Giwa) had met with NFF staff earlier.

Ambassador Giwa, who spoke to the media after the meeting said: “We are here today by virtue of the mandate we got at the Annual General Assembly of the NFF that took place on 26th August, 2014 at Chida hotel, where we were elected into the NFF Executive Committee to serve for four years.

He further said his board will announce its plans and programmes after a board meeting on Friday, even as he assured that the board has no plan to disrupt the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) after the World Cup break.

“The Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) will not be disrupted as the status quo will remain.”

The long-running dispute over who is in charge of the NFF dates back to 2014.

Giwa first claimed to have won election to the top job.

However, FIFA did not endorse the vote and threatened suspension unless it was re-run.

Pinnick won the re-run held in Warri, although the vote was also deemed to have been flawed as Giwa insisted he had duly been elected NFF President. He then launched court action over the result.

FIFA statutes dictate that member states should “manage their affairs independently with no influence from third parties”.

It has previously warned Nigeria that if implemented, court rulings would likely be considered to bean interference in the NFF’s internal affairs, which could attract sanctions.

NFF lawyer Festus Keyamo had published a letter dated June 5 and purportedly from FIFA secretary-general Fatma Samoura which stated it recognised Pinnick and his executive committee.

It also reaffirmed a FIFA ban on Giwa, which the Nigerian court called “unconstitutional, null and void”.

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