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Secretary General: AFN enters another tug of war

*Solomon Ogba still rustling feathers in AFN?

By Olajide Fashikun

Authoritative sources within the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development have revealed to www.gongnews.net that there is a resumed tussle in the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN).

This time around it centres on the administrative head of the AFN, Amaechi Akawo.

Mr Amaechi Akawo...the godmother's word is superior here to remain at the AFN
Mr Amaechi Akawo…the godmother’s word is superior here to remain at the AFN

Certain developments had been taking place in the nation’s largest sport which is making the new board very uncomfortable with the loyalty of the Secretary General. These matters were taken up and a firm decision was made to transfer Mr Akawo to some other federations.

The information is that, about seven other Secretaries General are involved in this loyalty stream. The seven scribes were reportedly the various Presidents of their being undermined thus the minor re-shufflement of the federation heads.

However, when the Secretaries General heard of the impending switch, they began lobbying campaigns. In the case of athletics, the moves took a highwired political scheming.

A lady, simply identified as Queen, had been planted in the Minister’s office to monitor and report developments to the immediate past President of the federation, Solomon Ogba.

She swore to someone last night that nothing on earth will remove Amaechi from AFN. If the President does not like, he should resign. Soon, we shall get him impeached and the real owners will return.”

Deeper investigation revealed to www.gongnews.net that Amaechi Akawo has been asked since Monday to come for his new posting which he has refused to go for because ‘the godmother’ ordered him not to go until the minister so orders. As at this morning, Mr Akawo has not been ordered by the minister to go for his letter.

However, uniformed sources claimed that Amaechi Akawo’s sins filled the trough at the World Athletics championships in London. He signed a contract with an agent (name withheld) in May which was during the transition between the sacked Ogba board and the incoming board.

The agent’s contract embarrassed the new leadership of the federation who wondered where and how the Secretary General got the powers to so sign a slave contract for the nation. When confronted, Mr Akawo was quoted to have turned the signals to Chief Solomon Ogba.

There were two other instances when the sitting President would take decisions and it was discovered that those decisions were moderated. When the two instances were probed, “we discovered that Ogba remote controlled the setting. Those of us board members in the know now insisted that Mr Akawo is Secretary General to Mr Solomon Ogba and not to the AFN.”

As it is, the ‘godmother’ has not instructed the Secretary General to obey civil service directives because it is only the minister that can so direct him. As it is, the minister may afterall change his mind not to direct him to go for the new posting.

It would be recalled that the minister recently did a cabinet reshuffle in the Ministry which swept some untouchables into “Siberia.”

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One comment

  1. Ayo Onibokun, Washington DC

    One day one trouble. That is the new name of our athletics.
    What is Mr Ibrahim Gusau’s plan for athletics?
    Journalists abeg make you na ask am o or is he just filling up the space?