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176 disqualified out of 396 in Sports federation elections

*Tax, filling of forms, qualification are major causes

*Prominent persons on list of those disqualified

*Seven Ministry staffers barred from federation boards

By Olajide Fashikun, Oluwole Francis

By the time the Sports federation election gets underway this morning in Abuja, about 176 candidates who had filed in papers may not be allowed to run for the electoral processes because they have been disqualified according to the electoral guideline. Only 220 candidates will be vying for the various offices.

Though, there were speculations that the electoral committee will address the media shortly before the process to clarify a lot of grey areas in the guideline coupled with the revelations that sneaked out of the minister’s speech at the inauguration of the committee on Monday at the National Stadium in Abuja.

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Impeccable sources told www.gongnews.net that, “396 candidates submitted their forms at the end of the day for positions in the 31 sports federations. Most of the disqualified candidates did not presented tax clearance in their application forms. A few of them had anomalies in their claims. About three did not have the required cognate experiences for the positions they applied for. 11 candidates did not state what positions or constituencies they were bidding for. This included three presidential aspirants. One had announced withdrawal already from the race.

The highest casualty in terms of federation is the Athletics Federation of Nigeria. Almost 50% of those who took forms messed up the filling of the form somewhere somehow” said our source. “They were accordingly disqualified on account of incomplete documentation. The disqualified ones, most of whom are notable names, did not include birth certificate or age declaration, educational background and means of identities. Out of the 25 contestants, 10 have been disqualified.

In badminton, the same scenario played out as eight of the 16 contestants have been disqualified for tax certificate related issues.

Only those bidding for offices in deaf sports had all its 11 contestants cleared. It is the only federation that was untouched at all. The sports federation with the highest ratio of disqualification is golf where 11 of the 14 contestants have been disqualified. This is followed by table tennis where 10 of the 16 contestants have been ruled out. Certainly there will be another round of election window to probably call for fresh nominations or bye-election.

CONTESTANTS, FEDERATIONS, QUALIFICATION AND DISQUALIFICATION

  1. Athletics            25 candidates                 10 disqualified         15 cleared
  2. Aquatic             11 candidates                   3 disqualified          8 cleared
  3. Badminton       16 candidates                   8 disqualified           8 cleared
  4. Basketball         7 candidates                     2 disqualified          5 cleared
  5. Boxing              13 candidates                   5 disqualified           8 cleared
  6. Chess                9 candidates                    2 disqualified           7 cleared
  7. Cricket               11 candidates                  5 disqualified           6 cleared
  8. Cycling              11 candidates                  7 disqualified           4 cleared
  9. Dart                   12 candidates                  5 disqualified           7 cleared
  10. Deaf Sport         11 candidates                  0 disqualified         11 cleared
  11. Fives                  8 candidates                   2 disqualified           6 cleared
  12. Golf                    14 candidates               11 disqualified            6 cleared
  13. Gymnastic          14 candidates               6 disqualified             8 cleared
  14. Handball             17 candidates                6 disqualified           11 cleared
  15. Hockey                7 candidates               3 disqualified            4 cleared
  16. Judo                   14 candidates               7 disqualified             7 cleared
  17. Karate                13 candidates                5 disqualified             8 cleared
  18. Shooting             8 candidates                3 disqualified              5 cleared
  19. Scrabble             10 candidates               3 disqualified              7 cleared
  20. Squash               14 candidates               8 disqualified             6 cleared
  21. Rugby                 21 candidates              14 disqualified           7 cleared
  22. Rowing               12 candidates                5 disqualified           7 cleared
  23. Kung fu               10 candidates               4 disqualified            6 cleared
  24. Kick boxing         11 candidates               5 disqualified             6 cleared
  25. Table Tennis       16 candidates             10 disqualified             6 cleared
  26. Taekwondo         11 candidates              6 disqualified             5 cleared
  27. Tennis                 16 candidates              7 disqualified           9 cleared
  28. Traditional           14 candidates              6 disqualified           8 cleared
  29. Volley Ball           13 candidates             4 disqualified             9 cleared
  30. Weight lifting       12 candidates              4 disqualified           8 cleared
  31. Wrestling             15 candidates               4 disqualified        11 cleared
  32. TOTAL                396 candidates    176 disqualified             

 

 

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