By John Egbokhan
Chairman of the Nigeria Olympic Committee Electoral Committee, Rev. Moses Iloh, has okayed the decision of the Executive Board to call for an Extra-ordinary General Meeting on May 4, where the agenda for the day would be elections into various positions.
Rev. Ilohâ€™s committee, comprising Ibrahim Galadima and Olatokunbo Thomas, had earlier proposed March 31 for the election but several factors beyond their control made it impossible for them to present it to the NOC President, Habu Gumel, who, was only last Thursday, given the document at the National Stadium, Lagos secretariat of the Olympic movement.
Speaking with Sports Vanguard yesterday, the former President of the Nigeria Cycling Federation, said the constitutional move by the 17 presidents to call for an EGM was a step in the right direction, adding thatÂ it has become expedient for the NOC to resolve the lingering election crisis.
â€œI am quite impressed with the bold move by the executive board to call for an EGM, on May 4 because after we proposed March 31 for election, we could not hand over our detailed report to Habu Gumel, which in effect, made our proposed date not feasible.
â€œBut when I heard that Gumel was around, last week, I rushed to the office to present him with the report and told him that he should make it available to NOC members, so that they can prepare for the election and get done with this unnecessary heating up of the Olympic family.
â€œSo it sweetens my soul when I heard that the Executive Board wants the election to hold on May 4, in strict adherence to the provisions of the constitution and I believe that this process would lead to the election of new executive committee members and make for sustainable peace for allâ€, added Rev Iloh, in his Lagos office.