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By Chineze Ogugua
Having been ordered to step down as president by the Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung, Amaju Pinnick has left his position as head of the football federation following a Supreme Court judgement back in June.
Chris Giwa on Monday arrived at the Glass house with some security agents to assume office as substantive Chairman of the Federation and also spoke with journalists.
In his speech, Giwa promised to embark on reconciliation of all aggrieved members for the success of the Federation, explaining that Nigeria’s sovereignty could not be threatened by any foreign interest.
Back in 2014, Chris Giwa was allegedly elected chairman of the NFF but his election was not recognised by FIFA.
FIFA eventually supervised another election on September 30 in Warri, Delta State, 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.
Currently, it is yet unknown what would be FIFA’s reaction to this new development or if Giwa’s board will be recognized or allowed to participate in any congress of FIFA.
As it stands, Nigeria risks a ban of two years over political interference in football matters in the country which might further mar Nigeria’s participation in the AFCON qualifiers starting this September.
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