*To ratify new Constitution, unveil new logo
*As Okon, Ebewele plans illegal Congress too
By Olajide Fashikun
Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) will be holding her first Congress in the life of the current administration in Abuja where they are expected to come up with a new Constitution and logo as part of the measures of rebranding the nation’s largest sports.
For a very long time, the Federation had not held a Congress. Followers of the sport had commended the new leadership for being able to bring up the Congress so early in the life of the federation board led by Hon Ibrahim Gusau.
The Congress which will hold at the Nicon Luxury hotel in Abuja will attract most of the delegates from the states. Some have started arriving in the nation’s capital.
Minister for Youth and Sports Development, Solomon Dalung is expected to be the special guest of honour at the event.
Part of the agenda of the Congress according to Secretary General of the AFN, Amechi Akawo told www.gongnews.net is the ratification of a new Constitution. The existing Constitution in use was the one with which we started with in 1944. This is the first amendment. In addition, a new logo will be made public at the Congress to be attended by delegates from the State Athletics Associations.”
Answering a question, Mr Akawo said, “we have already repositioned the sport. Just last week, we were in Akure, the Ondo State capital to set up the structures for the first of six National Athletics Development programme. If there was any crises, how could we have attained such a milestone. Since 1944 when this institution started, this is the very first time there is a deliberate structure to identify, search, discover, hone, support and grow athletes.”
However, independent sources disclosed to www.gongnews.net that a group within the Executive Committee of the AFN involving the quartet of sitting Vice President Olamide George, Gabriel Okon, Brown Ebewele and Tafida Gadzama have also concluded plans to hold a parallel congress of their faction. They have mobilised heavy media campaign against the Gusau Board.
Delegates from the states who were early arrivals in Abuja disclosed that the George camp had come to us and we signed some documents for them.
It was when we got to Abuja and went to the secretariat did we realise that they were not from the AFN. Three of the delegates refuted signing the documents. They charged that their signatures were forged.
The very furious delegate had promised “hell will let loose when I see them in the Congress. Why must they forge my signature. This is criminal.”