Court Orders Sports Minister not to Swear in HFN Board [Documents Included]



Federal High Court Abuja this afternoon ordered the Minister of Sports and Chairman of National Sports Commission Bolaji Abdullahi not to swear in the President and Board members of Handball Federation of Nigeria scheduled to take place tomorrow in Abuja.

In a suit brought before it by a handball stakeholder group known as Mega Handball Veterans, the group lamented that the National Sports Commission failed to comply with the Election Guidelines  which the commission provided following the expiration of the former board.

Mega Handball Veterans specifically pointed at the provision that concerns the nomination of stakeholders and appointment of players’ representative which was not properly followed according to the Election Guideline.

The National Coordinator of Mega Handball Veteran, Nicholas Nwani regretted the inability of the commission to follow the guidelines it provided saying that they tried their best to draw the attention of NSC but they were not given a listening ear, resulting to the body to seek redress in a law court.

“I sincerely believe that judiciary is the last hope of an ordinary man. We tried our best in calling the attention of the National Sports Commission when the illegality was on but nobody cared to listen to us”

“As law abiding citizens, we believe that the only remaining option is for us to bring it to the notice of the judiciary so that justice will be done in this matter”

It would be recalled that few days before the sports federation elections, a group accused the Sports Ministers of hijacking the election alleging that the Kwara born Sports administrator was going against the guideline in order to accommodate his cronies.

The Election Day witnessed lot of protest from sports like Basket Ball, Cricket, Athletics etc.  Alhaji Yusuf Dauda was returned unopposed as the president of Handball Federation of Nigeria.

There are imminent fears that there will be more legal battles from stakeholders of other federations and this could mar the swearing in ceremony tomorrow.

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