Sunday, June 26

It’s Not In Our Hands To Vacate Bayelsa High Court Exparte Order – Insists NFF

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Frankie Omokhua

The Nigeria Federation Federation (NFA) remains adamant despite the threats carried out by 28 Football Association Chairmen in the country to remove the Amaju Pinnick-led Board from office for refusing to vacate an exparte order that would have paved way for a Congress to take place.

Already, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) says the responsibility of vacating the exparte order at the Bayelsa High Court as demanded by the Chairmen is not in their hands.

NFF Secretary General, Mohammed Sanusi, who dropped the hint over the weekend denied reports of the federation’s reluctance to vacate the order which was filed in 2021 stopping any Congress from holding.

While confirming that a letter from the Chairmen of 28 FAs planning to carry out a vote of no confidence on the Amaju Pinnick-led Board had been received, Sanusi added that there was no issue of threat mandating a withdrawal in the letter.

He further stated that the federation has no such power to vacate the ex-parte order.

In the case, a board member of Nembe City FC, Seigha Obiene, had taken the NFF to court over the composition of an illegal board.

Obiene, submitted that individuals who were ineligible to vote in the 2015 and 2018 NFF elections were allowed to do that and later became members of the present Board of the federation which is against the statutes.

Therefore, the court in its ruling asked the federation not to hold its planned Congress and January 10, 2022, advised the defendants to settle the issue of court.

A total of 28 FA Chairmen were reported to have arrived in Abuja over the weekend to carry out their planned threat of passing a vote of no confidence on the Board of the federation on Friday.

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