- Giwa’s faction dissolves states FA’s
- Factions summon emergency congress
Peace is not in sight at the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, following the leadership crisis rocking the country’s most popular game.
And today promises to be a day where drama, intrigues will not be in short supply. While the Chris Giwa’s faction which ousted the Amaju Pinnick-led Executive Committee at a Federal High Court in Jos last week addressed the media yesterday and announced the dissolution of the 36 states football associations including that of FCT, Abuja, Pinnick’s NFF has summoned an extra-ordinary congress of the body today.
Speculations were rife last night that Chris Giwa and his group are expected to be slammed long-term bans.
A good number of FA chairmen and secretaries have already arrived in Abuja in time for the congress.
However, feelers from the Giwa camp said any such assembly will be viewed by the court as contempt as the Jos federal high court has equally disbanded the congress.
One of the top officials told AfricanFootball.com Giwa is equally aware that part of the agenda of the congress is to slam a ban on him.
Last week, the Giwa group got the court to re-list their case against the NFF leadership, which they had suspended two years ago.
They argued they returned to the court after last year’s AGM in Abuja barred other stakeholders besides past and present congress delegates from vying for elective offices.
Both Amaju and Giwa board have been in loggerheads since 2014 before and after separate elections that produced both board in Abuja on August 26 and September 30 last year.
All parties have been laying tight claim on the country’s football activities with Pinnick insisting that the world football governing body was behind him.
Angered by recent moves by Pinnick-led board to shut out other stakeholders from contesting any NFF board election except FA chairmen, Giwa who alongside his board approached a high court sitting in Jos had their mandated reinstated last Friday after the court judgement was reported to have ruled in their favour.
Giwa appearing calm and determined to swing into action declared yesterday: “We want to assure the nation that this is a mandate we are going to stick to with extreme patience. We must liberate Nigerian football from the clutches of those who fed on it and make it an investor-friendly game.
“We have decided to embark on this well-thought-out battle. We appreciate the enormity of opposition ahead of us but we shall conquer. We went through the laid down processes in the NFF statute ahead of August 26 2014 electoral.
“Everyone is bound to respect the rule of law. And since the court has spoken, anybody going against its judgement will be charge for contempt.
“And based on the order of the federal high court Jos which nullified the Warri electons that has guaranteed the fact that all actions undertaken by Amaju Pinnick board are illegal and unknown to law, therefore, all state football associations stand dissolved. Existing board members in the states are free to re-contest their positions.”