Petitions and Appeals Committee to submit report Thursday
*20 persons from 10 sports submitted petitions
By Oluwole Francis
Aggrieved persons who followed up their grouses about the sports federation election and submitted their petitions within the time allowed and with the appropriate fees have had their petitions reviewed while the decisions would be released by Thursday next week after the sallah breaks on Monday and Tuesday.
However, the Petitions and Appeals Committee for the National Sports Federations elections will submit its finding on Thursday” said a reliable source.
According to the source, the committee which began sitting last Wednesday received 20 petitions from 11 sports federations. None was received from the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) which evidently has two factions. Implication is there is no petition from the Tijani Umar faction which was supposed to be the aggrieved party in this instance.
Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) had the highest number of petition. There were six petitions. Olukayode Thomas who promised not to petition the committee did not send in any. Those who sent in their petition include Brown Ebewele and President of the Nigeria Olympians Association, Henry Amike. Enefiok Udo-Obong who was disqualified on the ground that he did not submit means of identification and lacked constituency did not submit a petition.
Presidential candidate Rosa Collins-Okah who was allowed to contest the election that brought in Ibrahim Gusau, sent in her petition. She was disqualified on account of improper tax clearance and non-submission of declaration of age.
Informed sources close to the panel told www.gongnews.net that, “our finding on Rosa Collins-Okah is sad and bad. I think it is better we let sleeping dogs lie. If we have to do the right thing, the matter should have been handed over to the police for prosecution.”
Also on the list of petitioners is Mrs. Charity Asonze-Opara.
10 other sports federations accounted for the remaining 14 petitions. They are table tennis, kick boxing, gymnastics, cricket, weightlifting, volleyball, handball, judo, traditional sports and taekwondo.
With the conclusion of the work of the Petitions and Appeals Committee, it would enable the sports ministry to fix dates for bye elections, where the need will arise. This will require giving notice to the delegates to the bye-election to assemble in Abuja.
The inauguration of the various boards is fixed for 13th July 13. It would be recalled that the Tijani Umar faction of the NBBF that had her election in Kano has already got itself inaugurated.