Vibrant Oyo state chapter of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) have joined the league of the institutions that has added their voice to the current impasse in SWAN. Their communique is presented below unedited:
Communiqué issued at the end of the Emergency Congress of the Oyo state chapter of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) held on Wednesday 22nd February, 2017 at the Media Centre of Obafemi Awolowo stadium, Ibadan.
The Congress deliberated extensively on the impasse caused by the refusal of the SWAN National Chairman, Honour Sirawoo to endorse the candidacy of Mr. Mitchel Obi for the forthcoming AIPS election.
The Congress expressed concern over the impasse and called for its quick resolution before it becomes a full-blown crisis. The Congress was displeased with the actions of the SWAN National Chairman, which it said was aimed at preventing Nigeria, as a respected nation and Mitchel Obi, as an eminently qualified sport journalist, from retaining the seat for the AIPS – Africa Presidency which he currently occupies.
The Congress noted with regrets that the actions of Mr. Sirawoo, in personally striving to prevent Mr. Obi’s nomination for the position of Africa’s number one sports journalist is not only an embarrassment to SWAN but also indecorous, malicious and a national disgrace.
After learning that the SWAN Chairman acted unilaterally without consulting other NEC members, the Congress demanded explanations from him on why he acted arbitrarily. The Congress also resolved that SWAN NEC should rectify the situation and ensure that Mitchel Obi is not denied the opportunity to participate as a candidate in the AIPS election which has now been shifted to October 2017.
While condemning attempts from some quarters to tribalise the issue, Oyo SWAN recalled that Mr. Sirawoo’s ambitious journey for his aspirations and eventual emergence as SWAN Chairman started in Ibadan and Oyo SWAN played a leading role in the peaceful transition process.
The Congress, therefore, affirmed the position of Oyo SWAN as an unbiased and detribalised body which always and will continue to fight for the justice and fairness that can engender peace in our dear association.
Signed by: Adewale Tijani (Secretary) Samson Akindele (Fresh F.M.) Lanre Agiri (The Nation) Obadare Oladosu (Naija FM)