Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Barrister Solomon Dalung believes the president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick and his board members should blame themselves for their current predicament over the Supreme Court verdicts of April 27, 2018.
Speaking on radio program in Abuja at the weekend, Dalung explained his efforts to avert the current predicament when he first resumed office as the minister.
He lamented that rather than appreciating his efforts to avert the current tsunami, Amaju Pinnick-led NFF resorted in using their friends in the media and other institutions to call him names.
“When I read the entire judgment and the decision in the past, I invited them and said to them that I am somebody that when I am gone, people would say I am a prophet. I told them that the only way is to come back to the table and settle it politically. There must be consensus among you people and you must carry everybody along.
“The moment I said this I was criminalized. I was even invited to the National Assembly and asked to explain why I tried to take a mandate from another person and share it. They said they were elected so why in the dialogue did I suggest that concession should be made.
“It was done in bad faith because when you go to a dialogue, these are not subject to public knowledge, but it was downloaded to the National Assembly. And they were accusing me that it is because Giwa is from Jos and that was why I am trying to take over.
“Having being accused and one thing I don’t like is for somebody to exhibit sentiment. And so when I am accused of being biased, which is the greatest allegation that can make me to take a very unpalatable decision, and I will do and allow them to continue their battle in the court.
But as a lawyer who is well trained, I knew that there would be a tsunami if that issue goes through the legal process.
And ultimately, it got to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court has given its decision, the next Appeal is to God in Heaven,” the minister of Youth and Sports declared.
He maintained that his office would soon be coming out with a statement about who the true NFF president is based on the Supreme Court ruling after receiving the legal advice from the exalted office of the Attorney General of the Federation.
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