Giwa vs Pinnick: Supreme Court adjourns to 9th May
*Rejects accelerated hearing
*Keyamo gets transport allowance from Giwa
Nigeria’s highest court in the land, the Supreme Court, on Monday asked parties in the dispute over the leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to come back on the 9th of May for her to hear the matter before the court.
The five Supreme Court justices who heard the matter brought before it by the Giwa faction on the need to accelerate and hear the case before the initial 9th May date because the issue before them is time bound, said the court chose the May date because it has other matters to attend to.
The motion for accelerated hearing which was filed by the Giwa faction was as a result refused by the court. The court refused to accept motion and rather stuck to the date she had earlier picked which is the 9th May.
In reaction, Amaju Pinnick’s counsel, Festus Keyamo, posited to the court that he was on holiday in Lagos when the hearing notice was issued on him making him to fly to Abuja and would return to Lagos. He asked the Giwa group should be made to bear the cost of his trip to Abuja. The court granted his prayers and awarded N100,000 to that effect.
It could be recalled the Supreme Court had on 16th January fixed the 9th May for the continued hearing in the leadership tussle but the counsel to Giwa approached the court to reconsider the date because of time implications which the court refused to grant.
The nation has been awash with distorted, concocted and untruth position of the court on the matter. Reacting, Mrs Rotimi Michael, told an Abuja-based radio station in her words how bad she felt about the way and manner the report was conducted.