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TAFCAN electoral process sabotaged

*Congress overrules Gabriel Okon

*Election now Friday

*We will do our best for free and fair election – Coach Solomon Abare

By Olayinka Elebute, Oluwole Francis

Electoral processes meant to bring in a new Executive Committee for the Track and Field Coaches Association of Nigeria (TAFCAN) could not hold due to inherent interests that stopped and stalled the process.

The Congress of the Association which held inside the mainbowl of the National Stadium in Abuja at the session interval saw to the dissolution of the Gabriel Okon Executive.

TAFCAN members listening to various contributions
TAFCAN members listening to various contributions

Trouble started when the Olumide Bamiduro electoral committee put in place by Mr Gabriel Okon was rejected by the members of the Congress who elected a new electoral committee from within the members.

A three-man committee was put in place consisting of Coach Solomon Abare Gaanda (Chairman), former handball national team player and FIFA Referee retired Stella Eloji and coach Usman N. Mohammed. The new electoral committee was sworn in immediately.

The election was as a result of the afternoon session of the Commonwealth Games trial postponed till Friday afternoon.

A section of the coaches who do not want the election to take place clamoured for a caretaker committee which did not go down well with majority of the members. That debate led to a 24 hour postponement of the election.

AFN Technical Director, Sunday Adeleye, with the electoral umpires
AFN Technical Director, Sunday Adeleye, with the electoral umpires

AFN Technical Director, Sunday Adeleye, had to appeal to the members to allow democratic culture to prevail for the good of the sport.

Outgone President of the body was not interested in a new electoral process taking place which was very prominent in his aggressive words and unprintable words used on some members.

TAFCAN is the amalgam of coaches in the sport of athletics in the country. As second major actors after athletes, they are a very important sector of the development of the sport in the country.

After their inauguration, the Chairman of the electoral committee, Coach Solomon Abare said, “this is about the future of coaching in Nigeria. We shall do our best and give a very free and fair electoral process.

It would be recalled that AFN President, Hon Ibrahim Shehu-Gusau had promised to produce “millionaire coaches and athletes” during his tenure in the management of athletics.

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