Counsel to Ambassador Chris Giwa-led board of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Barrister H.S Ardzard has described as misleading, the claim by the famous lawyer, Festus Keyamo that there was no court order preventing Amaju Pinnick from acting as NFF President and installing Chris Giwa in office.
Ardzard faulted the claim in a statement issued yesterday, saying the claim was designed to mislead and hoodwink unsuspecting Nigerians into according unmerited credibility to the Amaju Pinnick- led illegal Board of the NFF.
“The attention of the Executive Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) elected on August 26, 2014 has been drawn to a press statement by the office of Festus Keyamo, Counsel to the Amaju Pinnick-led purported board of the NFF on the current situation of Nigeria football.
“Ordinarily, we could have ignored the press statement, but for the misinformation contained therein and its design to mislead and hoodwink unsuspecting Nigerians into according unmerited credibility to the Amaju Pinnick led illegal Board of the NFF.
“We wish to clarify that by the order of the Federal High Court made on October 23, 2014 the election of September 30, 2014 which purportedly brought Amaju Pinnick to office was nullified. This order was not contingent on any futuristic occurrence and was thus final.
“The application upon which the order was made was not ex-parte but was on notice and in its judgment delivered on 27th April, 2018. The Supreme Court gave recognition to this order. If the purported election which produced Amaju Pinnick and his group was nullified, can they and their purported board be said to have a legally recognized mandate?
“The Supreme Court had at various times clarified that if something is said to be a nullity, such a thing does not have existence. The foregoing position is anchored on an elementary principle of law that you cannot put something on nothing, and expect it to stand. Moreover the order of the Federal High Court made on 5th June, 2018 in clear terms restrained Amaju Pinnick and his team from parading themselves as the Board of the NFF.
Furthermore, the orders of the Federal High Court made on 19th September, 2014 and 5th June, 2018 in clear terms gave recognition to the Ambassador Chris Giwa led Board of the NFF and compelled the government and relevant security agencies in the country to enforce same.”
Ardzard added that Keyamo was economical with the truth, in one breath, insisting that there was no court order removing Amaju Pinnick from office and installing Chris Giwa in office, but in another breath complained that Chris Giwa “surreptitiously sneaked” to the Federal High Court to obtain an order on 5th June, 2018 removing Amaju Pinnick from office and installing him.
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