Festus Keyamo Chambers, solicitors to the Nigerian Football Federation, NFF led by Amaju Pinnick has discredited the judgment of Federal High Court in Jos that sacked the present board of NFF.
In a press statement signed by Mr. Festus Keyamo, a copy of which was made available to Silverbird Television, the chambers stated that its attention
had been drawn to several media reports to the effect that the Federal High Court sitting in Jos sacked the Board of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) led by Mr. Amaju Pinnick and installed Mr. Chris Giwa as the new Chairman of the NFF.
It said, “This is nothing but total and complete falsehood. We are constrained to issue this statement to set the records straight owing to the sensitive nature of football administration in Nigeria.
For the purpose of clarity, at no time did the Honourable Court order the installation of one Chris Giwa as Chairman of the NFF as neither Chris Giwa nor Amaju Pinnick are parties to the present suit in Jos. It is therefore a distortion of the Order of the Honourable Court to assume that Chris Giwa was ordered to resume as the Chairman of the NFF.”
According to the statement, the Supreme Court of Nigeria has held times without number that no court of law can issue an Order against a person that is not a party in a suit before a court without joining or hearing from that party.
It stated that no court of law can also install a party in an office who is not before the Court praying for such an Order. “The said Chris Giwa is not a party before the case at the Federal High Court and the Court never made an Order installing him as NFF President,” it stated.