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Athletics: Solomon Ogba going for third term in AFN again?

*How the scheme is being worked out

By Olajide Fashikun

Except the details oozing out of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) is not rich enough to be relied on, there are insinuations that the cancellation of the Ibrahim Gusau 13th June victory may afterall be aborted. Mr Solomon Ogba may be on his way back to lead the federation.

According to authoritative sources, the return of Ogba via the window of sponsor may have engineered new ambitions. Rosa Collins who contested the 13th June Presidency with Ibrahim Gusau may have been abandoned by her friends who were foot soldiers of Mr Ogba.

Delegates may be the biggest winners. They are to earn so much if they will deliver their votes. Modalities have been worked out to get them vote for the former President whose lieutenants in the ministry have figured out a massive sweep of the ‘dissidents’ and ensured they have been made to face re-election.

Gusau should not be afraid to stand zonal election again. He won’t come out of the zone. We are in control. We have taken over. On the eve of the election, the ministry persons will tell the delegates where the Federal Government wants them to vote.

Meanwhile, Charles Eyo Yayock whose terribly written petition was sponsored, paid for and used to cause the order for re-election is threatening of pulling out of the entire script. He has faced both regional, communal and familial humiliation since the Petition/Appeals committee decision has been made public.

Even the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Abdulrazak Salau, will be facing a new wave of pain soon. He has a case pending with one of the anti-corruption agencies arising from the Ministry of Defence. It has been unearthed and he will soon be picked to face the full weight. He is expected to retire from August. His prosecution will begin soon before he retires or as soon as he retires” said a source that showed the displeasure of the government.

The plan is to make sure that the delegates refuse Gusau from the zone. Then, the former President will have a clean and clear route to contest the Presidency, a position which the Ministry goddesses prefer.

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