Appeal Court dismisses Giwa’s suit against NFF

The quest by Mr. Chris Giwa to occupy Glass House suffered a set back on Monday as the  Court of Appeal sitting in Jos outrightly  dismissed the judgment of the Federal High Court, which relisted  the case filed by Mr. Chris Giwa against the Nigeria Football Federation and its President, Mr. Amaju Pinnick.

It would be recalled that  Federal High Court sitting in Jos, Plateau State  had  earlier nullified the outcome of Warri General Assembly of NFF on the request of Giwa and the congress that brought Amaju Pinnick to office.

In his judgement on Monday Justice Joseph Tur,  held that the ruling of the court on April 8 returning Giwa to the Glass House was null and void saying   that the plaintiffs were wrong in asking that the case be relisted.

On the earlier ruling that Giwa be recognised as the president of the NFF, Justice Tur posited that  the court ought to  have taken into consideration the circumstances of the case giving that it struck out and discontinued by the same court on October 30, 2014.

According to him, the submissions of the counsel to the respondents Mr. Habila Azard, in which the decision of the court was made based on the undertaking that was taken prior to the judgement  of October 30 and stated the process of relisting was not followed.

The appeal court further faulted the ruling of the Federal High court made on April 8, 2016 and said it should have considered the circumstances of the case giving that it struck out and discontinued by the same court on October 30, 2014

Tur, while allowing the appeal of the NFF, set aside the ruling of the Federal High Court made on April 8, 2016 and reinstated the ruling made on October 30, 2014. He awarded N50,0000 cost against the two parties.

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