*NOC pleads for six months extension of sports federations
*A dark horse from Bauchi is Ogba’s joker
If the plans of the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) are anything to go by, the Sports federation election may be postponed by six months.
From the reactions that trailed our yesterday report, a source begged and told www.gongnews.net it is true that the AFN sent in the list of the electoral committee that are to deliver the task as stated by your report. One thing you slightly missed is the fact that Professor Ken Anugweje is running for President. No. It is one Bako from Bauchi that is going for President. It is instructive why the chairman of the electoral committee is picked from Bauchi. Ken is to run as Bako’s deputy.”
Two other issues arose, “there are plans to work on the minister, Solomon Dalung, to agree to extend the elections by six months. The NOC folks want the extension so as to complete a plan to make the minister remove completely the term limitation. Even the three term that is presently there is not good, we want it removed,” our source quoted the NOC.
Five persons have been earmarked will never near the Presidency of the AFN. Hon Ibrahim Gusau and Alhaji Tunde Abdulraheem who are members of the outgoing Board. They are alleged to have offended the ‘oba’ of athletics, Solomon Ogba. They would be disqualified no matter what. Three others on the disqualification list are former Nigerian stars Rosa Collins, Charity Opara-Asonze and Mary Onyali. The plan has been concluded” said our source.
Gusau’s sin it was pointed out was because he lost the Presidency and abandoned ship. He came around the sport only twice in the whole of the four years. Despite our attempt to pacify him with the chairmanship of the sponsorship committee of the federation. He won’t even get to the polls this time around.
For Abdulkareem, plans have also been concluded to ensure that he is yanked out before the zonal election. If we allow him get to the zonal election, he will win and the chances of his emerging where we don’t want him will become higher. He has collected the nomination form already. We are waiting for him to submit.
All those three ladies, one thing is certain, they won’t step down for themselves. Rosa Collins has gone round and spread her tentacles well. She seems to have pocketed the five Directors of Sports who gave her their commitment but we also have our plans to shut all three of them out at pre-polls level. Just watch out,” said the source.
A source close to the sport when asked said, “Ibrahim Gusau, when he was the Vice President of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), though, he is a politician of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) stock then and was in the House of Representatives, we know and appreciate him. What a humble man? He is too humble to be in the moribund, unprogressive and backward integrated sport federation like athletics. We were already jubilating but with this dirty mission, God pass dem. Agreed, Gusau is a politician, I pray he survives these evil people.”