The executive committee of Nigeria Football Federation led by Amaju Pinnick has filed a stay of execution at the Federal High Court, Jos Judicial Division, over the court’s ruling of Thursday, October 23, setting aside the elections of September 30 which brought the body to office.
NFF’s lawyers went to work immediately the ruling was made on Thursday and were able to file for the stay of execution on Friday. The court has now set Wednesday, October 29 for hearing.
On Thursday, there was apprehension that Nigeria could be in for severe sanctions from world football-governing body, FIFA, which had issued a stern warning earlier that they would not take kindly to any interference with the NFF’s electoral process.
A hitch-free election took place in Warri on September 30, following three months of debilitating crises. FIFA, CAF, NFF sponsors, the National Assembly and other highly-placed institutions and individuals had recognised the Pinnick-led Board and extended their congratulations.
FIFA has also made it clear that any interference from any third parties in the NFF’s administrative process will lead to an automatic ban that would not be revisited until its 65th Congress scheduled for Zurich, Switzerland on May 29, 2015.
Meanwhile, the Chris Giwa-led board which was elected in August 26 took over the NFF secretariat on Friday in preparation for resumption on Monday.