Justice Ambrose Allagoa of the Federal High Court in Jos, yesterday nullified the General Assembly and the subsequent elective congress of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) that brought Amaju Pinnick-led executive committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to office. But Pinnick and his group has filed appeal against the ruling of the court. Justice Allagoa had nullified the elections in spite of the preliminary objection filed by the Pinnick-led NFF faction challenging his court jurisdiction to hear the case.
In his ruling on the application by Yahaya Adamu and three others, Justice Allagoa held that it was wrong for anybody to disobey court order and warned all parties to abide by the ruling of the court.
He said: “Defendants in this matter have not filed any counter affidavits in this court to contest the facts. There is no motion or 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.
He added, “I have left out the issue of contempt. That does not mean that the Orders of this court should be further disobeyed.
Justice Allagoa sustained all the other Orders of 19th September while the substantive matters have been adjourned till the 25th November 2014.
Yahaya Adamu and three others had September 19, approached the court to restrains Aminu Magari (First defendant, NFF (second defendant) and Football Associations (third defendant) from holding another elections into the executive committee of the NFF after the Chris Giwa led faction were elected.
LEADERSHIP-friday Sport recalled that Adama and three others approached the court September 19, 2014 and obtained an interim injunction to retraining NFF from conducting elections.
The injunction according to the plaintiffs’ counsel Mr Habila Ardzard, was because the NFF had held a general congress August 26, 2014 and elected Chris Giwa and others officials as executive committee of NFF. But the Aminu Maigari faction disobeyed the order and went ahead to held general congress September 20 and elections to elect Amaju Pinnick as NFF president September 30 respectively.
According to Ardzard, the court then issued an order of contempt of court on the defendants for going ahead with elections after the restraining order. The plaintiff counsel prayed the court to commit the defendant to prison for disobeying the court.
“My Lord, their failure to appear before court is a sign of belligerence, they elevated themselves above the order of this honorable court.
He further stressed “I urge my Lord run an order of the court to commit the defendants to prison or in the alternative, issue a warrant of arrest but we are more inclined to their committal to prison,’’ he argued.
Arzard added that, “from this minute, my clients can and should resume in office immediately. If the other parties must go on Appeal, they have to first of all vacate the office while they go on Appeal.”