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IAAF congratulates ‘sacked’ Gusau as AFN President

*Will IAAF congratulate him after another round of election?

As usual, Nigeria will always play the fool in the sand. The world will wonder what kind of human beings are we. Hours after the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) president-elect, Ibrahim Gusau, has been congratulated by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), he was sacked.

The IAAF has officially recognised Gusau as the de facto and de jure head of track and field in Nigeria by following his election on 13th June in Abuja. With the latest development, if Gusau wins the re-election on the 7th July, as widely expected, will the IAAF congratulate him again?

In its latest newsletter, the IAAF listed Gusau among the 11 new heads of national federations elected or re-elected as the case may be in the past one month.

The information regarding Gusau’s election was supplied for publication in the newsletter by the IAAF governance, member and international relations department and represents member federation election results received since the last newsletter was published.

The board of the AFN will be inaugurated on 10th July by Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung in Abuja. Others members of the new board are Fidelis Tafida Gadzama, a member of Nigeria’s gold medal-winning 4x400m relay team at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Sunday Adeleye was elected as the athletes’ representative.

South East’s candidate, Patrick Onyedum of Anambra State has to also stand for a bye-election. His election was cancelled by virtue of a petition by Charity Opara-Asonze. Onyedum is expected to win the former athlete on the 7th July in Abuja.

Others are two former athletes who won at the Appeals and Petitions Committee, Brown Ebewele and Rosa Collins. Olamide George, a member of the Ondo State House of Assembly. Also on board is Moscow 1980 sprinter and former NTA staffer Hameed Adio. Adio was a former vice-president of the federation under Dan Ngerem. He ran the first leg in Nigeria’s 4x100m team that finished seventh in the final at the 1980 Moscow Olympics.

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