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Pinnick Again Dares Sports Minister By Seeking Legal Opinion From AGF

Amaju Pinnick has again questioned the authority of supervising Minister Sunday Dare by now seeking a legal opinion from the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice in a legal case concerning the football federation.

The embattled NFF President  it can be reported sought another legal opinion from the AGF over the order by the Federal High Court sitting in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, which aborted the NFF AGA in December 2021.

The claimants in this case have since applied to withdraw it from court, which should pave the way for the NFF Congress to finally meet after eight months.

NFF do not want to face a contempt of court and have therefore been shopping for legal opinions on this matter especially as the court has yet to make a pronouncement on it.

However, the Sports Ministry through a letter dated August 9, 2022, and signed by its Permanent Secretary Ismaila Abubakar listed several authorities that should allow the NFF to go ahead with the Emergency Congress.

But apparently not satisfied with this, the NFF Friday contacted the Minister of Justice for another legal opinion.

Close watchers said this could be another ploy by Pinnick to buy himself more time to know how best to scuttle the Congress, where the majority of the delegates want him out.

September 21, 2022, is the terminal date for the Pinnick-led administration, but there are very strong indications that the NFF President wishes to remain in office for a third four-year term.

He has since written to world football governing body FIFA on a tenure elongation till January 2023 without the buy-in of the highest decision-making organ of Nigeria Football, the Congress.


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