The crisis rocking the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has taken a drastic turn with news that a federal high court sitting in Jos, the Plateau state Capital, has sacked the Amaju Pinnick-led board.
The ruling also empowers Ambassador Chris Giwa, proprietor of NPFL side Giwa FC to resume office immediately as substantive president of the football federation.
Pinnick had edged Giwa in a contentious election at the NFF general congress held in Warri in 2014, in the wake of the exit of erstwhile president Aminu Maigari following Nigeria’s 2014 World Cup fiasco.
Giwa, who had been elected to lead the Glass House by a group of executives, then challenged the legitimacy of Pinnick’s election with the high court in Jos ruling in his favour in October 2014. But that decision was reversed after the intervention of then president Goodluck Jonathan and the prospect of a ban from Fifa.
This latest decision may not be unconnected with the raging crisis in the football body that suddenly resurrected the issue of the legitimacy and capacity of the Pinnick-led board.
While the embattled Pinnick is alleged to have decried recent calls for his resignation, saying that he was elected by the congress with four-year tenure and it will be very unfair for anyone to ask for his resignation,
This high court ruling today means that “He and his board members are expected to vacate the office with immediate effect,” Naij reports and, it is expected that Chris Giwa will immediately set-up a new board to run the affairs of the NFF.