Sports Federation Appeals/Petition Committee report

LIST OF PETITIONS/APPEALS:

  1. ATHLETICS FEDERATION OF NIGERIA
  2. NIGERIA CRICKET FEDERATION
  3. GYMNASTICS FEDERATION OF NIGERIA
  4. NIGERIA HANDBALL FEDERATION
  5. NIGERIA JUDO FEDERATION
  6. NIGERIA KICK BOXING FEDERATION
  7. NIGERIA TABLE TENNIS FEDERATION
  8.        NIGERIA TAEKWONDO FEDERATION
  9. TRADITIONAL SPORTS FEDERATION OF NIGERIA
  • NIGERIA VOLLEYBALL FEDERATION
  • NIGERIA WEIGHTLIFTING FEDERATION
  • NIGERIA RUGBY FOOTBALL FEDERATION

INTRODUCTION

The National Sports Federations Elections Appeals Committee which consists of a Seven (7) man committee as provided in Article 7.3 of the Guidelines for Election into the Boards of National Sports Federations was inaugurated on the 12th day of June, 2017 at the Minister’s Conference room, Main bowl of the National Stadium Abuja by the Honourable Minister.

The Committee was mandated to entertain appeals that shall arise from the conduct of the elections into the various National Sports Federations. The elections were held on the 13th day of June, 2017 at the Main bowl of the National Stadium Abuja. In accordance with the guidelines, the petitions were to be submitted within 48 hours of the declaration of results and upon payment of the stipulated fees.

The Committee received 21 petitions from 11 National Sports Federations and deliberated extensively during its sittings and the following decisions were reached.

 

1.0     ATHLETICS FEDERATION OF NIGERIA

1.1     Six (6) petitions were received in respect of elections into the AFN. The petitioners were:

  1. Femi Emmanuel
  2. Henry Amike
  • Brown Ebewele
  1. Charles Musa Yayock
  2. Rosa Collins
  3. Chief (Mrs) Charity Opara Asonze (MON)

PARTIES:

  • COACH FEMI EMMANUEL VS ELECTORAL COMMITTEE &   COACH GAD ONUMAEGBU:

FACTS OF THE CASE

1.3 The petitioner is contesting the election of Coach Gad Onumaegbu as the Nominee /Rep. of Coaches and Technical into the AFN..

1.4     DECISION OF THE APPEAL COMMITTEE:

The Appeal Committee adjudged the petition as not valid because the payment of fees which is a condition precedent as stipulated in the guidelines was not complied with. The petition was therefore dismissed

1.5     PARTIES: HENRY AMIKE VS ELECTORAL COMMITTEE & GAD ONUMAEGBU

FACTS OF THE CASE

  • Henry Amike’s solicitors wrote on his behalf noting that during the election for Coaches/ Technical representative into the AFN board held on the 22nd May, 2017.

DECISION OF THE APPEAL COMMITTEE

The Appeal Committee adjudged the petition as not valid because the payment of fees which is a condition precedent as stipulated in the guidelines was not complied with. The petition was therefore dismissed

PARTIES :HON. BROWN EBEWELE VS ELECTORAL COMMITTEE

FACTS OF THE CASE:

1.9     The Petitioner is challenging his disqualification as the Technical Representative on the board of Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) which took place on the 13th of June, 2017`at the National Stadium complex, Abuja.

1.13   DECISION OF THE APPEAL COMMITTEE:

The committee discussed extensively and exhaustively on this petition and came to the conclusion that there was no justification for the disqualification of Mr. Brown Ebewele and therefore the petition was upheld. The Committee therefore reinstated him as the representative of coaches/technical association to the board of AFN 

  • PARTIES:

CHARLES MUSA YAYOCK VS ELECTORAL COMMITTEE

FACTS OF THE CASE

1.15   The petitioner alleged that he was disqualified on the day of the election as representative of the North West Zone without valid reason.

1.17   DECISION OF THE APPEAL COMMITTEE

The Committee adjudged that the petitioner was wrongly disqualified at the zonal level and accordingly nullifies the election of Alhaji Gusau and ordered a bye election to be held at the North West Zone. In consequence therefore, Alhaji Gusau election as AFN president is hereby nullified. The Committee directs a fresh election at both the Zonal and National.

  • PARTIES : ROSA COLLINS VS ELECTORAL COMMIITTEE

FACTS OF THE CASE:

1.19   The petitioner stated that on the day of the election she was disqualified and no reason was adduced having won the NAWIS election at the constituency level two weeks earlier.

1.22   DECISION OF THE APPEAL COMMITTEE

The Committee confirmed from the original result of the election and the letter transmitted to the Ministry from NAWIS secretariat that Rosa Collins was the duly elected representative on the board of AFN. The committee therefore upheld the election of Rosa Collins as well as nullify the purported election of the President of the AFN Board. The Committee orders a fresh election for the president of AFN Board.

  • CHIEF (MRS) CHARITY OPARA ASONZE (MON) VS ELECTORAL COMMITTEE

FACTS OF THE CASE

1.24   The petitioner alleged she was wrongly disqualified on the day of the election as the representative of the South East Zone.

1.26   DECISION OF THE APPEAL COMMITTEE;

The Committee found that the petitioner’s documentations were complete and so she was wrongly disqualified. The committee upheld her appeal, nullified the zonal election and ordered a bye election for the South East zone.

2.0     NIGERIAN CRICKET FEDERATION

2.1     PARTIES: EMEKA ONYEAMA VS ELECTORAL COMMITTEE

FACTS OF THE CASE

2.2     The petitioner is from the North Central Zone.He alleged that before the election Mr. Oludare Aimola, Prof. Yahaya Adam Okwenya, Chuma Justin Anosike. Barnaby Umo Ephraim and Eteka Okon Ukpong were alleged disqualified because they failed to satisfy the requirements as stipulated in the guideline.

2.6     DECISION OF THE APPEAL COMMITTEE:

On the basis of the facts disclosed in the petition, the committee finds no reason to set aside the results of the election as conducted by the electoral committee. Accordingly this petition fails and the election of Mr. Aimola Oludare and other mentioned candidates is upheld and they stand duly elected.

3.0     GYMNASTIC FEDERATION OF NIGERIA

PETITION 1:

3.1    PARTIES – IFEANYI UDEH (A delegate and participant at the election) VS ELECTORAL COMMITTEE

FACTS OF THE CASE:

3.2 The petitioner noted the anomalies that took place during the conduct of the election for the post of the president and vice president.

3.4     DECISION OF THE APPEAL COMMITTEE:

The Appeal Committee adjudged the petition as not valid because the payment of fees which is a condition precedent as stipulated in the guidelines was not complied with. The petition was therefore dismissed.

GYMNASTIC FEDERATION OF NIGERIA

3.5     REPORT OF THE ELECTORAL COMMITTEE ON THE CONDUCT OF GYMNASTIC FEDERATION ELECTION

3.6     The 3 man Electoral Committee wrote a formal report to the Appeal Committee highlighting the massive irregularities in the election conducted into the various positions.

3.7     DECISION OF THE APPEAL COMMITTEE:

Considering the very damning report from the electoral committee itself, the committee is constrained to nullify all the elections conducted in respect of the Gymnastic Federation of Nigeria both at the zonal, vice presidential and presidential levels. Consequently all positions purportedly filled under this election are nullified, Fresh election should be conducted.

4.0     NIGERIAN HANDBALL FEDERATION

4.1     PARTIES:   BARR. MARK JACOB VS ELECTORAL COMMITTEE

FACTS OF THE CASE

4.2     The petitioner alleged that he was improperly excluded as Ex-officio/sponsor/philanthropist by the electoral committee from participating in the vice presidential and presidential elections. 4.3       DECISION OF THE APPEAL COMMITTEE

The Appeal Committee adjudged the petition as not valid because the payment of fees which is a condition precedent as stipulated in the guidelines was not complied with. The petition was therefore dismissed.

5.0     NIGERIA JUDO FEDERATION

5.1     DR. MUSA OSHODI AND 26 OTHERS VS ELECTORAL COMMITTEE MEMBERS.

FACTS OF THE CASE

5.2     The petition is founded on 2 grounds

  1. That the zonal election of the south – west zone was inconclusive after 4 rounds.
  2. That the vice presidential and presidential elections were also inconclusive

5.4     DECISION OF THE APPEAL COMMITTEE.

The Committee decided:

  1. That arrangement should be made to conclude the South West Zonal election.
  2. The election for of the Vice President and President is upheld having been smoothly conducted and concluded.

6.0     NIGERIA KICK BOXING FEDERATION

6.1     PETITIONER 1: BALA USMAN VS ELECTORAL COMITTEE MEMBERS

FACTS OF THE CASE

6.2     The petitioner is from the Northwest.He was contesting the conduct and result of the election of board members in the kick boxing federation on the following grounds that disqualified candidates were allowed to contest and results of election was falsified.

6.5     DECISION OF THE APPEAL COMMITTEE

The Appeal Committee adjudged the petition as not valid because the payment of fees which is a condition precedent as stipulated in the guidelines was not complied with. The petition was therefore dismissed

NIGERIA KICK BOXING FEDERATION

6.6     PETITIONER 2: ENGR. ONYIKA, KEVIN CHIJIOKE VS ELECTORAL COMMITTEE.

FACTS OF THE CASE

6.7 The Petitioner was accredited as the South East Zonal representative contestant. The election was held in which he won but result was declared inconclusive.

6.12   DECISION OF THE APPEAL COMMITTEE

The Committee therefore upheld the appeal and ruled that he be returned as the South East Zonal Representative of the Kickboxing Federation board.

7.0     NIGERIA TABLE TENNIS FEDERATION

7.1 PARTIES: OLADELE KEHINDE VS ELECTORAL COMMITTEE

FACTS OF THE CASE

7.2     The petitioner contested against Nasiru Sule on 8th day of May 2017 and won as athlete representative into the Board of the Nigeria table tennis federation. On the day of election his name was substituted with Nasiru Sule who contested against him at the zonal election and lost.

7.6     DECISION OF THE APPEAL COMMITTEE.

The Committee accordingly upheld the petitioners appeal and restores him as the duly elected athlete representative into the Nigeria Table Tennis Federation Board.

8.0     NIGERIA TAEKWONDO FEDERATION

8.1 PARTIES: GEORGE ASHIRU AND 20 STATE DELEGATES.

FACTS OF THE CASE

8.2     The first petitioner (George Ashiru) was nominated as ex-officio member. At the presidential Election, he was told that his name was not on the list by The Chairman of the electoral committee.

8.4     DECISION OF THE APPEAL COMMITTEE

The Committee noted that the petitioners’ name was wrongly substituted, found merit in the appeal and consequently nullified the presidential election and directed that fresh election be held and reinstate Mr. George Ashiru as the Ex-officio/philanthropist/sponsor on the Board of the Nigeria Taekwondo Federation.

NIGERIA TAEKWONDO FEDERATION

8.5     2ND PETITIONER: TEMITAYO POPOOLA VS ELECTORAL COMMITTEE

FACTS OF THE CASE

8.6     The petitioner is from the Southwest Zone and alleged that the master list was not used in the conduct of the election

8.8     DECISION OF THE APPEAL COMMITTEE

The Committee noted that the petitioners’ name was wrongly substituted, found merit in the appeal and consequently nullified the South West zonal election and ordered a fresh one.

9.0     TRADITIONAL SPORTS FEDERATION OF NIGERIA

9.1     PARTIES: HRH EZE JUDE OBIDEGWU VS ELECTORAL COMMITTEE

FACTS OF THE CASE

9.2     The petitioner alleged that one of the contestants Musa Usman did not fill a form indicating interest to participate in the contest of the election. He also did not present a letter of introduction from Katsina State Director of Sports. He further alleged that Mohammed Garba Lere and Ibrahim Auta Alhassan did not participate and were not physically present during the conduct of the elections.

9.5     DECISION OF THE APPEAL COMMITTEE

The Committee upheld the result tendered by the Electoral Committee declaring Mohammed Garba Lere as the duly elected president. The petition is hereby dismissed.

10.0   NIGERIA VOLLEYBALL FEDERATION

10.1   PARTIES: T.C. EZEIKE ESQ. VS THE ELECTORAL COMMITTEE

THE FACTS OF THE CASE

10.2   The petitioner wrote on behalf of himself and others stating that some bad eggs were nursing plans to hijack the affairs of volleyball through the back door.

10.3   DECISION OF THE APPEAL COMMITTEE:

The Appeal Committee adjudged the petition as not valid because the payment of fees which is a condition precedent as stipulated in the guidelines was not complied with. The petition was therefore dismissed.

 

11.0   NIGERIA WEIGHT LIFTING FEDERATION

11.1   PARTIES: OSUN STATE SPORTS COUNCIL VS MR. LOIUS OKORO

FACTS OF THE CASE

11.2   The Osun State Sports Council of wrote a letter to the Ministry renouncing the nomination of Mr. Loius Okoro as representative of the State of Osun as they did not produce him as the state representative. They wrote 2 letters to that effect.

The letter was filed

11.3   DECISION OF THE APPEAL COMMITTEE

The Committee noted the complaints of the Osun State Sports Council. However, it upheld the election of Mr. Louis Okoro as South –West zonal representative on the Board Nigeria Weightlifting Federation

11.4   CHIEF TONOBOK OKOWA VS ELECTION COMMITTEE

FACTS OF THE CASE

11.5   The petitioner protested against the result of the vice president and president election as a result of   irregularities such as multiple registrations and voting by proxy.

11.7   DECISION OF THE APPEAL COMMITTEE

The Committee having noted the irregularities highlighted in the petition and having confirmed same from various sources came to the conclusion that the election be nullified and fresh election ordered for the positions of vice president and president.

FEAD REPORT: In the bid for the Committee to rewrite the wrongs which were inadvertently done during the elections, the report of the FEAD Department was discussed extensively and the Committee came to the conclusion that the under listed names were affected be reinstated accordingly:

  1. Solomon Ogba returned as AFN philanthropist/sponsor/Ex-officio
  2. Dele Oguntokun returned as Dart Federation coaches/technical representative.
  • Sulley Gwargwarwa returned as Dart Federation philanthropist/sponsor/Ex-officio
  1. Morankiyo Babatunde returned as Volleyball Federation philanthropist/sponsor/Ex-officio

NIGERIA RUGBY FOOTBALL FEDERATION

The Committee received a report that the election into the Board of the Nigeria Rugby Football Federation which was to hold on 13th of June, 2017 at the Main bowl of the National Stadium, but due to unforeseen circumstances, it did not hold. The election into the Nigeria Rugby Federation Board shall now take place on the 7th of July, 2017 at the package A conference room, National Stadium Abuja. The International representative of the Rugby Afrique is expected to be around on the said date to monitor events and to ensure that the conduct of the election is in tandem with International Best Practices. It is also to be noted that the Constitution (that was duly assented to by the Rugby Afrique and International Rugby Board) circulated to all stakeholders in preparatory to the elections will guide the conduct of the election.

MEMBERS OF THE 2017 NIGERIAN SPORTS FEDERATIONS ELECTIONS APPEAL COMMITEE

  1. Abulrasaq Salau Chairman
  2. Tunde Popoola          Member
  3. Mallam Tunde Kazeem Member
  4. Aminu Kasimu Idris Member
  5. Emmanuel Zira Member
  6. Emeritus Mahraja. Mamudu Member
  7. Danjuma A. Muhammad Member/Secretary

REPORT OF THE NATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS ELECTIONS PETITIONS/ APPEAL COMMITTEE HELD ON 21ST – 30TH JUNE 2017 AT THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE PERMANENT SECRETARY, FEDERAL MINISTRY OF YOUTH AND SPORTS DEVELOPMENT, ABUJA.

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