World football governing body, FIFA has threaten to sanction Nigeria over the ruling of the Federal High Court in Jos on Friday, which nullified the election of 30th September, 2014 of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) that brought Amaju Pinnick’s board into power.
A high court sitting in Jos, Plateau State had on Friday, April 8, nullified the September 2014 election that put Amaju Pinnick in office as the NFF President following a petition by his opponent, Chris Giwa.
Reacting to the court ruling, FIFA in a letter signed by the Acting General Secretary of FIFA, Markus Kattner, addressed to Pinnick dated April 11, FIFA, while acknowledging the receipt of Pinnick’s letter of complaint on 8th April, 2016 reminded the federation of FIFA statues that forbids member associations taking issues to the ordinary court and that should the decision of the Federal High court in Jos last week be carried out, it would be considered as an interference in the internal affairs of the NFF and that would attract a sanction for Nigeria.
An extract of the letter read:
“We would like to remind you that according to article 13 and 17 of the FIFA Statues, all members associations have to manage their affairs independently and with no influence from third parties.
“In addition and according to article 68 of the FIFA Statues, recourse to ordinary courts of law is prohibited unless specifically provided for in the FIFA regulations.
“The decision of the Federal High Court in Jos, if implemented, would likely be considered as an interference in the internal affairs of the NFF and the case would be brought to the highest authorities of FIFA for consideration of sanctions, including the suspension of the NFF.”
Chris Giwa’s faction on Monday announced the appointment of a new acting General Secretary and heads of departments. The Nigeria Police has since deployed men to the secretariat of the NFF to forestall any breach of public peace as the two factions continued holding claim to the NFF board.
However, Pinnick’s group claimed to have appealed against the ruling and were granted the stay of execution against their removal from office.
Below is the original copy of FIFA’s letter to the NFF