Wednesday, January 12, 2011

NPL sponsorship bid suit continues January 18

A Federal High Court in Lagos presiding over a suit filed by Globacom Nigeria Limited challenging the award of Premier League title sponsorship rights to MTN Nigeria has adjourned the case to January 18.
At the continued hearing of the suit on Tuesday before justice Mohammed Liman, the lawyer representing the Nigeria Premier League (NPL), E.A Oboh, argued that the court strikes out the motion on the grounds of a preliminary objection against the suit.
Lawyer of the plaintiff (Globacom), A.O Odunitan, sought for time to argue against the preliminary objection since the motion is freshly served.
In his brief ruling following the submissions of the lawyers, justice Liman granted Odunitan adequate time in order to allow the plaintiff and defendant(s) to put in order their processes for the case.
Globacom is in court seeking an injunction to restrain the Premier League board from awarding telecommunications rival, MTN, the title sponsorship rights.
The plaintiff is also seeking redress in court on the grounds that MTN did not take part in the bid process for the title sponsorship rights.
NPL, MTN, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and the national sport commission (NSC) are listed as defendants in the suit.

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