Just when you think you have heard the last concerning the lingering Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), crisis, another twist is added.

The head of the legal team to Amaju Pinnick and the NFF, Festus Keyamo is not finding that funny anymore and he has bared his mind in a lengthy press statement where among other things claimed there was never a judgement sacking his client.

“We have read some reports in the mainstream and online media by some uninformed and/or deliberately mischievous persons to the effect that there is a subsisting Supreme Court Order restraining Amaju Pinnick from acting as President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

“These reports were fuelled by an earlier Press Release by the office of the Hon. Minister for Sports dated July 2, 2018 as well as another Press Release from the same office dated August 21, 2018, regarding the current suit which portrays the current NFF leadership as irresponsible, as usurpers and as contemnors.

“It is, therefore, imperative that we put the record straight: THERE IS NO SUPREME COURT ORDER OR ANY OTHER SUBSISTING ORDER RESTRAINING AMAJU PINNICK FROM ACTING AS PRESIDENT OF THE NFF OR INSTALLING CHRIS GIWA AS PRESIDENT OF THE NFF.” Keyamo pointed out in a press statement issued on Sunday.


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He added: “We hereby challenge anybody who disputes this to publish the Supreme Court Judgment or Order where the names of Amaju Pinnick or Chris Giwa were ever mentioned in any portion of the judgment or as even parties to the case.

“The fact is that the court processes filed in the Supreme Court matter do not bear their names as parties to the suit whatsoever.

Keyamo also faulted the claims of the Sports Minister Barrister Solomon Dalung; claiming he is acting based on the Rule of Law.

“While they publicly parrot the phrase ‘Rule of Law’ they are at the same time determined to foist upon Nigeria and rest of the football world a deception of the worst order by means of subterfuge and brigandage.

“For their information, the Rule of Law binds Nigeria to International obligations. The Rule of Law says you cannot remove a person from office without hearing from him.

Festus Keyamo

“The Rule of Law says an interim order against such a person cannot last more than 14 days. These individuals who have actively and openly invited the ban of FIFA in the last few days are totally against the development of football and they are mere irritants who are on a mission of vendetta, self-aggrandisement and fraud.

“And lastly, for the information of the public, the tenure of office which is the subject of dispute of the case filed by Giwa’s group since 2014, lapses on the 26th of August, 2018”.

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