Chris Giwa has announced that he will be resuming as the legal President of the Nigeria Football Federation, today, Wednesday. He made the announcement at a press briefing at the Numero Uno Hotel, Gwarinpa, Abuja on Tuesday.
“We will be in the secretariat tomorrow. That is our secretariat.
“You saw our board members there on Friday. My board members waited for me yesterday.
“The major reason why we have not come to the secretariat is that we are law abiding people and we wanted the court order to be duly served to the relevant authorities. This is our right and we will be there tomorrow (Wednesday) by the grace of God,” Giwa vowed.
Giwa has promised to make the game more investor-friendly. He said the former President Goodluck Jonathan had intervened in the tussle and he had backed down due to the respect he had for the Presidency. He said they, however, had to go to court to adequately solve the matter.
“We want to assure the nation that this is a mandate we are going to stick to with extreme patience. We must liberate Nigerian football from the clutches of those who fed on it and make it an investor-friendly game. We have decided to embark on this well-thought-out battle. We appreciate the enormity of opposition ahead of us but we shall conquer.
“In the processes of the post election issues, President Goodluck Jonathan intervened. Out of respect for his office and person, we went down and sought the Federal High Court Jos to step down the matter with a proviso that if we are not satisfied, we reserve the right to return to court.
“We opted to leave the matter until the illegal occupants of our mandate feeling cozy decided to run all of us including the media, players, coaches etc out of administering our game from the next election. They want only chairmen of state FAs to be the only ones eligible to contest. We returned to court and here we are today, he said.
The tussle between Chris Giwa and Amaju Pinnick has already got world football governing body, FIFA, to issue a statement warning that a ban might be imminent.