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Pinnick appeals ruling sacking him as NFF president


Amanju Pinnick and members of his sacked board have filed a swift appeal against the ruling of Federal High Court which asked them out of office on Friday

Former President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amanju Pinnick, and members of his board who were sacked Friday by a Federal High Court in Jos, have appealed against the ruling, Sources have reliably gathered.

Besides appealing the ruling by Justice Musa Haruna Kurya, the board also filed for stay of execution. The ruling faulted the process which brought the Pinnick executive to power.

Adama Yahaya and Obinna Ogba had approached the Jos court to re-list the suit against Pinnick which they initially withdrew after the intervention of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

In October 2014, the same Federal High Court, led by Justice Ambrose Allagoa, had ruled against the election that brought the Pinnick board into the football federation.

Days later, the case was withdrawn following an out-of-court settlement brokered by the former president, Mr. Jonathan, to avoid a looming FIFA ban at that time.

However on Friday, Justice Kurya has now upheld all the previous reliefs of the plaintiffs and has relisted the suit in the tussle for the NFF leadership.

The ruling leaves Chris Giwa as the substantive head of the federation pending the final determination of the suit.

In this light, Giwa has swiftly moved over to take over at the Glass House where he is billed to address the media later today.

Not willing to go down without a fight, Sources understand that Pinnick and his faction are meeting at an undisclosed location to find the best possible ways to respond.


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