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Ndanusa, Gumel embrace peace in Jigawa

 •Sani Ndanusa with Habu Gumel
•Sani Ndanusa with Habu Gumel

By Tony Ubani & Ben Efe
Sports Minister and National Sports Commission chairman, Sanni Ndanusa, has been cleared to run for the presidency of the Nigeria Olympic Committee.

This was after it was confirmed yesterday in Dutse, Jigawa venue of the Annual General Meeting of the NOC that Ndanusa has been with Confederation of African Tennis(CAT)since 2003.

It was on the ground that he was yet to spend up four years with African tennis ruling body that he was previously disqualified by the NOC lead by Habu Gumel.

Also the suspension of Ndanusa’s Nigeria Tennis Federation was lifted just as the disqualification of Baapa Aliu was also reversed.

These decisions were reached yesterday after three elders of the Olympic family, Reverend Moses Iloh, Ibrahim Galadima and Olatokunbo Thomos intervened in the impasse that dogged the NOC elections after the disqualification of the Sports Minister.

The matter was amicably resolved after the three elders held a closed door meeting with Ndanusa and Gumel.

Consequently, the AGM and the election of new executive members were postponed till a later date, which will be decided by the board of the NOC and communicated to all concerned by Gumel.

However, there was no word on the suspension of Gumel from his position as president of the Nigeria Volleyball Federation.

At the venue of the meeting yesterday, late Sports Minister, Ishaya Mark Aku, was honoured by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Aku was honoured by the IOC through the NOC for his dogged fight against drugs in sports.

The plaque of honour was received by Aku’s widow on behalf of the family. She thanked the NOC for the honour done to her husband, adding that her late husband who was killed in an air crash in 2004 had lived well.


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