The Counsel to the Nigeria Football Federation President board, Festus Keyamo, has debunked a claim made by the country’s sports minister, Solomon Dalung, on Friday that the NFF refused to act on an order served them by a civil court until it was too late.
Keyamo, in a reaction on Saturday classified as a false claim the comment of minister, and insisting that he and his clients never received any order. The situation gave the minister and the NFF antagonist the go ahead to obtain an exparte motion.
Keyamo said, “How could we challenge it when we never had knowledge of it. The Motion challenging jurisdiction based on FIFA Statutes that recognizes only CAS has been pending since 2014, but they have only been interested in getting exparte orders since then.
“So, why did he not send a lawyer to court last Wednesday? And when he was served the Order early, why did he not draw the attention of Pinnick’s Board to it until implementation stage.
He added: “They moved exparte on the 5th. We did not know. We were in court on the 6th. The court never mentioned it.
They kept everything clandestine because they didn’t want any challenge to it until implementation stage.
He then alleged, “In order words, Solomon Dalung was working hand-in-gloves with Chris Giwa all along because they’re both from Plateau State.”