Chris Giwa on Monday stormed the Secretariat of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) with some security agents to assume office as substantive Chairman of the federation.
He said that the court had nullified the parallel election held in Warri by the former chairman, Amaju Pinnick and upheld him as the chairman.
“I am here to claim my mandate as the substantive chairman elected on August 26, 2014.
“We waited for the other board to finish the preparations for world cup so that we can assume office,” Giwa said.
The federation boss promised to embark on reconciliation of all aggrieved members for the success of the federation.
He explained that Nigeria’s sovereignty could not be threatened by any foreign interest, saying NFF operated in tandem with the country’s constitution.
According to him, we are grateful to God for making it possible for us to reclaim our mandate and we shall give Nigerians good results.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Chris Giwa was allegedly elected chairman of the NFF on August 26, 2014 but the election was not recognised by FIFA.
FIFA eventually supervised another election on Sept. 30 in Warri Delta, after it had threatened to ban Nigeria from all its activities—-Amaju Pinnick eventually got elected with 32 votes out of the 44 votes and stepped into office.
Following the development, Giwa pursued his case to the Court of Arbitration for Sports, where he lost and was banned from football related activities by FIFA
However, the Supreme Court on June 5 set aside Pinnick’s election and recognised Giwa as substantive chairman.
Some board members who followed Giwa were Sen. Obinna Ogba, Chairman Senate Committee on Sports, Shehu Adamu, board member representing North West, Sanni Ferma for North East, Johnson Effiong, board member representing South South, Sunday Ajayi for South West and Yaya Adams for North Central.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Youth and Sports on Monday directed the Nigeria Football Federation to comply with the judgment of the Supreme Court which set aside the election into the Executive Committee of the Federation held on Sept. 30, 2014.
The directive was given in a statement by Nneka Ikem Anibeze, Special Assistant on Media to the Minister of Youths and Sports, Solomon Dalung, on Monday in Abuja.
According to the statement, the Supreme Court verdict restored the orders of the Federal High Court which set aside the purported election of the current Executive Committee of the NFF.