Troubled Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) suffered another setback as a Federal High Court sitting in Jos, the Plateau State capital, on Friday nullified the election, which brought in Amaju Pinnick and his board into office, and ordered Christopher Giwa to take over as NFF boss.
The court ruling signals a return of the NFF crisis, a few days after the Super Eagles dropped five slots in world football ruling body Fifa ranking.
The presiding judge, Justice Musa Haruna Kurya, delivered the ruling on Friday over the re-listed suit challenging the September 30, 2014 election held in Warri, Delta State.
Before the elections in Warri, Christopher Giwa had been declared new NFF President through another congress that was held in Abuja.
Justice Ambrose Allagoa, who presided over the hearing, had ruled in 2015 that the election as well as the congress preceding it were against his orders. He had then ordered the plaintiff, Giwa, to return to office.
Following FIFA’s warning that Nigeria would be banned if the court ruling stopped the newly-elected executive committee of Amaju Pinnick from working, former President Goodluck Jonathan had called the parties involved to a peace meeting where he advocated an end to the crisis to prevent imminent ban from the world football governing body.
When counsel to the plaintiff, Habila Ardzard, was to withdraw the matter, he told the court then that, “The number one citizen had demanded to intervene in the matter and that if parties are not satisfied, they can return to court.”
Giwa had then returned to court to seek that he be reinstated.