Chris Giwa vs Pinnick: Supreme Court fails to end battle

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The existing issues between the Amaju Pinnick led Nigeria Football Federation and Chris Giwa failed to be settled on friday as expected following the Supreme Court’s refusal to give judgement on the matter.

The apex court instead had the case sent back to the Federal High Court for trial.

Chris Giwa took the case to the country’s apex court following dissatisfaction with an earlier Appeal Court judgement on the matter.

A five-man panel of the court led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, unanimously set aside the judgment of the Court of Appeal in Jos.

The Jos Appeal Court had held that the case could no longer be relisted before the Federal High Court having been earlier withdrawn by the appellants.

Following a flooding of the media space with news that the Supreme Court had sacked the Amaju Pinnick NFF, the NFF moved to clarify the matter with a statement from its council, Festus Keyamo via its twitter handle.

The Nigeria football federation clarified the matter via its official twitter handle on Friday.

“Nobody should cause unnecessary panic in Nigeria’s football. That’s my case. Supreme Court DID NOT NULLIFY AMAJU ‘s Election. The Supreme Court did NOT remove Amaju from office,” read the statement.

“The Supreme Court only referred the case back to the Federal High Court to be tried properly to know which of the elections held in 2014 was right.

“Amaju was NOT a party to the case at the Supreme Court so the court could not have removed a party from office without joining the party and hearing from the party,”it stated.

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