A Federal High Court sitting in Jos, Plateau State has sacked the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) President, Amaju Pinnick and has ordered that Chris Giwa resume office as the new president of the football federation. An NFF official who pleaded anonymity confirmed the news to Naij.com Sports. He said:
“I can confirm to you that a high court in Jos has sacked Amaju Pinnick. He and his board members are expected to vacate the office with immediate effect.”
Adama Yahaya and Obinna Ogba had approached the court to re-list the suit against Pinnick which they withdrew after former President Goodluck Jonathan’s intervention.
Pinnick has taken lightly the resignation calls by many Nigerians, who had demanded his resignation following the failure of the Super Eagles to qualify for the AFCON 2017, same way they missed out on the 2015 edition. Reacting to the call, the embattled NFF president lashed out on those calling for his resignation saying he was elected by the congress with a four-year tenure and it will be very unfair for anyone to ask for his resignation.
“I have heard calls by some persons asking me to resign but that is very unfair knowing the achievements this board has recorded during my tenure.
“We won the Africa Women’s Championship in Namibia, the FIFA U17 World Cup and we also qualified for almost all major competitions during this period. I was elected by the congress with four-year tenure and it will be very unfair for anyone to ask for my resignation.”
According to the court ruling today, April 8, Pinnick and his board members are expected to vacate the office with immediate effect for Mr. Chris Giwa to take over and set-up a new board immediately.
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