October 25, 2014 – A Plateau State High Court, presided over by Justice Ambrose Allagoa will on Wednesday, October 29 hear the motion for Stay of Execution filed by the Amaju Pinnick led Nigerian Football Federation, (NFF).
The court had sacked the board which was brought in via an election conducted September 30th , 2014 in Warri, Delta State.
“I have set aside all the proceedings and decisions of the Warri Extra Ordinary meeting of the 20th September and the Elective Congress of 30th September which were direct contravention of the orders of this court as granted on the 19th September,” Justice Allagoa had said.
The Executive Committee of Nigeria Football Federation led by Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick had filed a Stay of Execution after the ruling of Thursday, 23rd October .
On Thursday, there was serious apprehension across the nation that the country 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.
In a statement signed by Assistant Director NFF, Mr. Ademola Olajire, the NFF said a hitch –free election eventually took place in Warri on 30th September, 2014, following three months of debilitating crises, and FIFA, CAF, NFF sponsors, the National Assembly and other highly –placed institutions and individuals have recognized 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 29th May, 2015”, the NFF said.