In the fresh twist to the leadership tussle rocking the Nigeria Footbal Federation, counsel to factional leader Chris Giwa, Barr Habila Ardzard, says he is ready to challenge Fifa if it goes ahead and suspend the country.
Following the lingering crisis, Fifa on Tuesday issued a statement threatening to sanction Nigeria should the country fail to reinstate the Amaju Pinnick-led board by August 20.
But in a reaction, Ardzard said FIFA cannot ban Nigeria over the crisis in the country which needed to be sorted out internally by the country’s judiciary.
“Do we take it that FIFA laws are superior to the judgment of the highest court in our land – the Supreme Court, and has FIFA elevated itself before the constitution of Nigeria?
“When we went to Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS), it said that the issue before it is not the validity of the election, and that it is the domestic law of Nigeria that should determine the validity of an election or elections.
“FIFA is bound by the decision of CAS and that is why the Giwa-led board went to court to determine the validity of those elections.
“So, if CAS gave this judgment that domestic laws of a country should determine the validity of its elections, why should FIFA threaten to ban Nigeria, when this is the decision of CAS and FIFA is bound by the decision of CAS?
“If FIFA is aggrieved with the decision of CAS, it has the right to go the Swiss Court to seek judicial review, so FIFA cannot continue to play double standard.
“As we speak, FIFA has never for one day heard from Giwa on this matter rather it prefers to go by the tactics of the Pinnick-led board,” he said.
Barr Ardzard added that it is ironical for Pinnick to accept the position of CAF Vice-President, which is a creation from a court in Ghana that sacked the country’s FA Chairman who was then CAF Vice-President, and then refuse to accept a court judgment in his own country.