The Federal High Court located in Abuja, has suspended the September 30, NFF election over a pending legal action between some aggrieved football stakeholders.
The election which is 15 days away might stand to be postponed after Justice Inyank Ekwo on Thursday morning over a legal tussle between former Nigeria Premier League, NPL, chairman, Rumson Baribote, Harrison Jalia, members of National Association of Nigeria Footballers (NANF), and others, against the Amaju Pinnick-led NFF administration and the Ministry of Youth and Sports development.
According to the court injunction, it was stated that, the plaintiff, Baribote and the NANF approach the court in mid 2021 over NFF’s failure to amend the 2010 status quo.
Ever since then, the case has been lingering till Justice Inyang adjourned the matter to 31st, October.
The full statement:
Hon. Justice Inyang Ekwo at about 9.45am this morning 15th Thursday September 2022 presiding over a matter in suit number FHC/ABJ/CS/1376/2022 between (1) Harrison Jalla (2) Chief Rumson Victor Baribote (3) Austin Popo (4) The Registered trustees of the National Association of Nigeria Footballers (NANF) (Trading under the name and style of Professional Footballers Association of Nigeria) (PFAN) VS (1) Nigeria Football Association (NFA) (Trading under the name and style of the Nigeria Football Federation) (NFF) (2) Amaju Pinnick (3) Hon. Minister of Sports and Youth Development.
The plaintiff approached the court in mid 2021 after due process demanding an amendment to the NFF statutes 2010 for equal representation for all the five statutory bodies making up the Nigeria Football Federation in terms of voting rights and representation on the NFF Board, its Congress and Sub/Standing Committees. The Court had earlier in the month of June 2022 hearing adjourned further proceedings in this matter to October 31st 2022. In between and in their usual characteristic manner of having no regards for the laws of the land the Defendants brazenly fixed election for 30th September 2022 this is inspite of an interlocutory application pending before the Court. Consequently and ruling in an exparte application moved this morning by (1) Dr. Celsius Ukpong (2) Chief Rumson Victor Baribote and Fayeneniga Jacob all representing the Plaintiff. Hon. Justice Inyang Ekwo ordered the NFF September 30th Election be put on hold and that parties should maintain status quo and adjourned further proceedings to 31st October 2022. HARRISON JALLA/ Chairman PFAN task force.