*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.
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
- Athletics 25 candidates 10 disqualified 15 cleared
- Aquatic 11 candidates 3 disqualified 8 cleared
- Badminton 16 candidates 8 disqualified 8 cleared
- Basketball 7 candidates 2 disqualified 5 cleared
- Boxing 13 candidates 5 disqualified 8 cleared
- Chess 9 candidates 2 disqualified 7 cleared
- Cricket 11 candidates 5 disqualified 6 cleared
- Cycling 11 candidates 7 disqualified 4 cleared
- Dart 12 candidates 5 disqualified 7 cleared
- Deaf Sport 11 candidates 0 disqualified 11 cleared
- Fives 8 candidates 2 disqualified 6 cleared
- Golf 14 candidates 11 disqualified 6 cleared
- Gymnastic 14 candidates 6 disqualified 8 cleared
- Handball 17 candidates 6 disqualified 11 cleared
- Hockey 7 candidates 3 disqualified 4 cleared
- Judo 14 candidates 7 disqualified 7 cleared
- Karate 13 candidates 5 disqualified 8 cleared
- Shooting 8 candidates 3 disqualified 5 cleared
- Scrabble 10 candidates 3 disqualified 7 cleared
- Squash 14 candidates 8 disqualified 6 cleared
- Rugby 21 candidates 14 disqualified 7 cleared
- Rowing 12 candidates 5 disqualified 7 cleared
- Kung fu 10 candidates 4 disqualified 6 cleared
- Kick boxing 11 candidates 5 disqualified 6 cleared
- Table Tennis 16 candidates 10 disqualified 6 cleared
- Taekwondo 11 candidates 6 disqualified 5 cleared
- Tennis 16 candidates 7 disqualified 9 cleared
- Traditional 14 candidates 6 disqualified 8 cleared
- Volley Ball 13 candidates 4 disqualified 9 cleared
- Weight lifting 12 candidates 4 disqualified 8 cleared
- Wrestling 15 candidates 4 disqualified 11 cleared
- TOTAL 396 candidates 176 disqualified