*Musa Kida’s basketball election in authentic – Ministry
As the last batch of results flowed in from the controversial sports federation elections, one of the biggest is the routing of former Director General of the National Sports Commission (NSC), Mallam Alhassan Yakmut by Engineer Musa Nimrod.
Dare Aimola, a former cricket player emerged as President. Daniel Igali took a stroll back to Wrestling Federation of Nigeria while Nasarawa Deputy Governor, Silas Agara emerged as the President of the Karate Federation of Nigeria.
Brigadier General Lonsdale Adeoye (retired) became the new Shooting Federation of Nigeria President.
In basketball, the Sports Ministry had on Monday declared an election conducted in Kano by the immediate past president of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), Tijjani Umar, illegal and so it was an unopposed Musa Kida, the Rivers State Basketball Association Chairman, who emerged as president in a polls held at the Ibro Hotel rather than the National Stadium, Abuja.
A statement signed by by Tolu Makinde, the Ministry’s Director of Press, read: “He was elected unopposed in an election conducted in line with the guidelines approved by the Ministry of Sports.’’
He added that Babatunde Ogunade emerged as Vice-President, while other board members included Osita Nwachukwu, Adamu Sirajo, Baba Bukar, and Isah Umar.
The rest are Adamu Deshi, Ejike Ugboaja, Musa Garba, Sam Ahmedu and Felix Awogu, who are representatives of technical bodies, players, NAPHER-SD, FIBA and sponsors.
Shooting Federation of Nigeria: Brigadier General Lonsdale Adeoye (Retired) emerged as the new president after winning unopposed. Julius Orioko also won unopposed as vice president.
Meanwhile, Anthony Odunlade from the South West, Joseph Ohaegbulam from South East, Francis Sylvester from North-West, and A.G. Joshua from North East were also elected onto the board.
Top handball sponsor, Sam Ocheho, emerged as president of the Handball Federation of Nigeria (HFN), beating the immediate-past President, Yusuf Dauda, 31 votes to 19. For the post of Vice-President, Kwasi Thomson, emerged winner unopposed.
Some of the presidential candidates that were successful include Ibrahim Gusau (AFN), Senator Abdul Ningi (Hockey), Hon. Silas Agara (Karate), Olagunsoye Oyinlola (Golf) and Daniel Igali (Wrestling).
Others are Isiaku Tikon (Table Tennis), Mohammed Yahaya (Weightlifting), Prince Timothy Nsirim (Judo), Dare Aimola (Cricket), Musa Kida (Basketball) and Engineer Musa Nimrod (Volleyball).