Giwa vows to pursue NFF election mandate


The head of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) executive committee, Chris Giwa has made a vow to pursue the organization’s election mandate.

Giwa has dropped a strong hint that he will not give up the fight to claim the mandate of officially emerging the as president of Nigeria’s football ruling body.

He revealed during a press briefing that he appreciates the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari and sports minister, Barrister Solomon Dalung.

That is the effort of the latter two in brokering peace during a meeting which held in Abuja on April 27, 2018.

The Jos-based football stakeholder has, however, stressed that his group is legally recognized by the board of the NFF.

Giwa stated: “We want to sincerely thank and commend His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, and the Minister of Youth and Sports Development.

“And that is for standing by the rule of law and defence of our constitution at all times.

“This has become necessary in the face of overt pressures, outright lies, falsehood, blackmail, intrigues, propaganda and orchestrated campaign of calumny against the government, President, Buhari, GCFR.

“We want to appreciate and thank all those who have stood by the country and its constitution in this whole crisis.

“And we want to remind everyone, once again, this fight is not about Ambassador Chris Giwa.

“But it is actually about the soul of our football and our constitution,” he went on further.

“This fight is not about the people of Plateau State and the rest of the country, as some people, have tried mischievously to skew the narrative in that direction.

“We want to restate once again that our constitution is our grand norm, denigrating our Supreme Court under whatever coloration is a big threat to our existence as a people and our democracy,” he added.

“We also want to remind the government that we are the legally recognized board of the NFF.

“That is based on the orders of the Federal High Court sitting in Jos which was also affirmed by the Supreme Court on April 27, 2018.

“It is in the light of these observations that we want to appeal to the government through the Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Barrister Solomon Dalung not to release any funds to the Amaju Pinnick led board purportedly elected on September 30,2014 because the board does not exist in law,” he explained.

“Releasing funds to them will amount to an exercise in illegality which the honourable minister himself being a lawyer should know.” Giwa concluded.


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