President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick has been appointed as the new first vice president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF). The appointment is coming few weeks after Kwesi Nyantakyi of the Ghana Football Federation resigned after a video showed him taking bribe.
Below is a statement concerning Amaju Pinnick’s appointment.
‘’Following the resignation of the 1st Vice President, Mr Kwesi Nyantakyi, CAF President, after consulting the members of the Emergency Committee, appointed Mr Amaju Melvin Pinnick as 1st Vice President.
“This decision is immediately applicable, in accordance with article 27 para 2 of the Statutes, which will be ratified by the Executive Committee in its session scheduled on the 27 ad 28 September 2018. We thank you for kindly taking note’’.
Few days ago, a directive was given by the federal government through the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development asking Amaju Pinnick to step down from his position as NFF chairman.
Special aide on media to the Minister of Youth and Sports, Nneka Ikem Anibeze, released a statement to the effect.
The notification from the justice minister was quoted as follows:
“I have been directed to notify you of the Orders dated June 5th 2018 made by Honorable Justice M. H. Kurya sitting at the Federal High Court Jos in respect of the above mentioned suit between Yahaya Adama Vs Alhaji Aminu Maigari which states that the election of the NFF held on August 26, 2014 under the leadership of Amb Chris Giwa be given recognition pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice filed in this case and that the purported ban of the Executive Committee elected on August 26, 2014 from football activities of the NFF is unconstitutional, null and void.
“It is trite law that court orders are sacrosanct and any acts of disobedience to it constitutes threat to the rule of law. Consequent upon the above, you are hereby advised to comply with the orders of court made therein which for now, is the valid and binding order of court, in the absence of any other subsisting order or judgment to the contrary.
Based on this, Mr Dalung directed the parties involved to comply with the court order.
“This is a court order and not from Dalung. I will not want to go to Kuje prison because of disobedience of court orders. Therefore, I hereby comply with the court orders of June 5th 2018, while Mr Amaju Pinnick and others are also directed to comply with same.”