Minister of Sports and Chairman of the National Sports Commission (NSC) Tammy Danagogo says he will ‘never obey’ any court order that is not explicitly served on him, after appearing in public with Amaju Pinnick, who’s election as the Nigeria Football Federation President was annulled by the Federal High Court in Jos.
Danagogo was to travel to Windhoek with Pinnick for the Africa Women Championship final, before the latter was stopped from making the trip by security operatives. But the Sports Minister was with Pinnick in Lagos when the Falcons arrived in Nigeria with the AWC trophy, and Pinnick received the team as the NFF President an event which has led to accusations of Danagogo disobeying court orders.
But Danagogo, a Doctor of Law, has defended his actions, saying he will never obey a court order that wasn’t served on him.
“I will never obey a court order based on what a newspaper or television is telling me. You can come and tell me the court has said Amaju is President or the court has said Giwa is President, I will not obey that,” said Danagogo.
“You obey or disobey a court order based on order of court, duly endorsed by the court and served on you.”
The sports minister also says he has no right to stop Amaju Pinnick from parading himself as the NFF President until he receives a formal order from the court ordering him to do so.