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GLOBACOM DRAGS NPL TO COURT OVER LEAGUE RIGHTS

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Globacom Limited, on Friday, December 24, approached a Federal High Court in a bid to reclaim the title rights to the Nigeria Premier League (NPL) recently awarded to MTN following a bid process that the company faulted.

Hearing for the case has been fixed for December 31, 2010.

Globacom, through its lawyer, Prof. Abiodun Adesanya (SAN), is challenging the award of the title rights of the NPL to MTN Nigeria, which it contended did not participate in the bid process.

Joined as co-defendants in the suit; no. FHC/L/CS/1565/10, are the Nigeria Football Association (NFA), the National Sports Commission (NSC) and MTN. Globacom, in the suit, is seeking a declaration of the court to nullify the pronouncement of MTN as the winner of the bid.

The court papers filed by the telecommunication company claimed that only Globacom and Total Promotions participated in the bid process from the stage of expression of interest up to the second and last stages of the bidding process.

Globacom is further contending that its bid offer of N3billion ought to have been declared the best bid and that awarding the right to a company with a lower bid offer is a denial of justice to a company that has committed over N3billion cumulatively in the sponsorship of the Nigeria League since 2002.