By John Egbokhan
Desirous to seek an end to the impasse rocking the anticipated elections into various offices in the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC), 18 front-line members of the Executive Board, have invoked Article 23 of the NOC Constitution to ask the Secretary-General, Banji Oladapo, to as a matter of urgency, summon a Board meeting for March 26 in Lagos, in accordance with and following the dictates of the NOC Constitution Article 21to furnish members with the report of the Electoral Committee, which has recommended March 31 for the election.
Article 23, Powers of the Executive Committee sub section 23.5.4. states as follows; The Secretary _ General shall send out notices of General Meetings as well as the Executive Committee and Executive Board Meetings, respectively, on the directive of the President of the NOC or in his absence one of the Vice Presidents or by a majority of members of the Executive Boardâ€™
â€œConsequent upon this therefore, we the undersigned members of the National Olympic Committee Board and the Presidents of the National Sports Federations having duly followed the provisions of the NOC constitution, hereby request that the Executive Committee and the Secretary General summon an Executive Board meeting to be held in Lagos.
The notice to be given are to review the last botched Annual General Meeting and election issues contained in the report of the appointed electoral committee
Erstwhile Sports Minister, Sani Ndanusa and incumbent president, Habu Gumel, who have been enmeshed in a fierce war, a clash which occasioned the constitution of the Peace and Electoral Committee, comprising of Rev Moses Iloh, Ibrahim Galadima and Olatokunbo Thomas, last year, are the leading candidates for the job..
According to a three-page statement, addressed to the scribe of the NOC on March 18, showing the names and signatories of the members of the executive members, who are eligible to vote in the highly anticipated election, they expressed serious worries over the delay in convening ofÂ executive board meeting as demanded by the NOC Constitution.
The following presidents signed the statement. Foluso Adefemi (Gymnastics), Rotimi Taylor (Boxing)
Alh. Isa Matori (Judo),Â Jonathan Nnaji (Taekwondo), Adeyemi Owoseni (Tennis), Solomon Ogba of Athletics,Â I Adedimeji of Weightlifting,. Tijani Umar of Basketball, Yusuf Dauda of Handball, Brig- Gen. Hamakim of Shooting, Patrick Ukah of Hockey, Fatai Williams of Swimming, Taiwo Nathaniel of Karate, Austin Edeze of Wrestling, Danlami Sanchi of Badminton, Dr. Morakinyo of Â Â Â Â Â Â Volleyball, Rear Admiral Porbeni of Sailing, Canoeing and Rowing and Hon. Kayode Abdulwahab of Table Tennis.
Copies of the letter were sent to President, International Olympic Committee (IOC) and President of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA)