How NFF Lies Will Fail To Vacate Court Order Stopping NFF Elections In Benin City
The NFF have presented a shambolic position littered with lies and contradictions before the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja that will only fail in their pursuit to vacate an injunction stopping the Elections fixed for Friday, September 30, 2022, in Benin City.
In the event of this failure, NFF Congress delegates and the NFF Executive Committee risk Contempt of Court should they go ahead to hold the Elections in Benin.
In their preliminary objection, the NFF had also argued that the claimants lack the locus as they are not members of the NFF.
The football federation further argued that football matters should not be taken to regular courts.
The new legal position of the NFF as contained in the further and better affidavit they submitted on Thursday is that the claimants in this case have abused court process as they also have a “more or less”, “technically” same case at the Federal High Court in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.
“This will be thrown out on technicalities because for them to import a new major element, they must first seek the leave of court before they could do so,” a legal expert told www.insideglasshouse.com
“But even on the merits of the case, the NFF have a very bad case and their general arguments are contradictory and filled with blatant lies.”
He added: “The written address and further affidavit sworn to in support of the NFF are only fit for the dustbin.”
It is on record that the litigant in the Bayelsa case is Seigha Obiene, while that of Abuja has Harrison Jalla, Victor Baribote and Austin Popo as claimants.
The subject matter of the Bayelsa case is that Shehu Dikko, Obinna Ogba, Aisha Falode, Mohammed Alkali, who were illegally appointed to the NFF Executive Committee but participated at the 2018 NFF Elections and as such the outcome of that Elections, which produced Amaju Pinnick as NFF President, should be quashed.
Jalla and company matter at the FHC in Abuja has to do with equal representation of the five statutory members of the NFF on both the NFF Executive Committee as well as the NFF Congress.
These two cases are therefore different in both subject matter and the litigants.
A case of abuse of court process cannot be established.
It must also be noted that the NFF counsel is in a serious race against time to secure a vacation of the injunction.
The NFF filed their latest response to the court on Thursday and the claimants now have till September 29, 2022, which will just be a day to the proposed NFF polls, to respond.
Thereafter, a date will be fixed by the court for both parties to argue their cases.
It is only after this that the court will finally rule on the matter.