The Nigeria Soccer Federation (NFF) September 30, 2022 elective congress has been placed on maintain by a excessive court docket in Abuja.
Hon. Justice Inyang Ekwo at about 9.45am on Thursday 15 September, 2022, presiding over a matter in swimsuit quantity FHC/ABJ/CS/1376/2022 between (1) Harrison Jalla (2) Chief Rumson Victor Baribote (3) Austin Popo (4) The Registered trustees of the Nationwide Affiliation of Nigeria Footballers (NANF) (Buying and selling underneath the title and elegance of Skilled Footballers Affiliation of Nigeria) (PFAN) VS (1) Nigeria Soccer Affiliation (NFA) (Buying and selling underneath the title and elegance of the Nigeria Soccer Federation (NFF) (2) Amaju Pinnick (3) Hon. Minister of Sports activities and Youth Growth.
The plaintiff approached the court docket in mid 2021 after due course of demanding an modification to the NFF statutes 2010 for equal illustration for all of the 5 statutory our bodies making up the Nigeria Soccer Federation when it comes to voting rights and illustration on the NFF Board, its Congress and Sub/Standing Committees.
The Court docket had earlier within the month of June 2022 listening to adjourned additional proceedings on this matter to October thirty first 2022. In between and of their normal attribute method of getting no regards for the legal guidelines of the land the Defendants overtly fastened election for thirtieth September 2022 that is inspite of an interlocutory software pending earlier than the Court docket.
Consequently and ruling in an exparte software moved Thursday morning by (1) Dr. Celsius Ukpong (2) Chief Rumson Victor Baribote and Fayeneniga Jacob all representing the Plaintiff.
Hon. Justice Inyang Ekwo ordered the NFF Election be placed on maintain and that events ought to keep establishment.
He adjourned additional proceedings to October 31, 2022.