*Minister’s absence was reason for third shift
Certainly the last may not have been heard about the fight for the soul of the nation’s largest sport, Athletics with the one-pager loaded protest from stakeholders on the ‘sack’ of the winner of 13th June election, Hon Ibrahim Gusau, by the Petitions/Appeals committee.
Authoritative sources disclosed to www.gongnews.net that the umpteenth postponement of the re-run election was a function of the volume of reactions that flooded the ministry on most of the controversial decisions that the Petitions/Appeals Committee made.
According to our source, it was established that the committee headed by the Permanent Secretary, Abdulrazaq Salau, did not call any of the election committees who the petitions were written against and most of the candidates alleged never got fair hearing.
Decisions were randomly reached and passed out to the public who were expected to swallow same hook, line and sinker.
Six of the seven Directors of Sports in the North West zone which produced Gusau signed the protest letter to the minister. The letter was signed by the Directors of Zamfara, Kebbi, Sokoto, Katsina, Kano and Jigawa. Only Kaduna did not sign the petition which was copied to the Permanent Secretary.
In the letter dated 30th June but received in the Minister’s office on the 6th July they asserted that, “our candidate won all the seven votes from the north west zone to produce the zonal representative in AFN against Charles Yayock who was present and participated in the election.”
They added that Yayock “accepted the result counted by the electoral chairman and finally congratulated the winner while at the presidential election, it was 48 votes against 2.”
The “video clip that is presented will bear us witness how free and fair the election procedure by the electoral committee members.
Faulting the process of the committee, the Directors of Sports claimed, “before the nullification, our candidate was not invited to defend himself nor called for clarification.
If this is extended, that means that the Directors will make their delegates vote Hon Ibrahim Gusau back as their zonal representative while they will sustain their votes for him to return to the office of the President of the federation.
The re-run were earlier fixed for 7th July, but was moved to 12th and now 20th. Inauguration of the various boards will hold the following day.
A member of the appeals committee, told www.gongnews.net that the re-run had to be moved forward because the polls cannot be held in the absence of the Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, who is in South Korea. “We can’t hold the bye-elections in the absence of the sports minister because there are a lot of issues to be trashed out, and he has to do it before we can go ahead.”
Dalung, who has just been appointed a member of the advisory committee of the World Youth Ministers Forum in the city of Busan, South Korea, will not return to the country until the 18th July.