NFF Leadership Tussle: Supreme Court Opts For High Court Retrial

The Supreme Court of Nigeria has waded into the leadership tussle that has rocked the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) for the better part of five years by ordering the continuation of the case at the High Court.

Chris Giwa and his board had taken the Amaju Pinnick-led NFF board to the Supreme Court in a bid for the apex court to overturn the Appeal Court verdict which set aside a Jos Federal High Court that called for the continuation of the case.

The Giwa-led faction had earlier claimed in the originating suit that they were given an authentic mandate by the NFF Congress in August 2013 and that the election that led to the emergence of the NFF leadership under Amaju Pinnick was held in defiance of a High Court order.

While delivering the Supreme Court’s lead judgment on Friday, the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen, held that the Appeal Court was wrong in dismissing the Jos Federal High Court which ordered the continuation of the case.

The Apex Court however turned down the Giwa-led board request to hear the suit on its merit as the highest court as it did not meet the conditions required.

The Supreme Court therefore ordered that the case be re-listed at the High Court.