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Doubts over NOC elections

There are doubts overthe 2009 Nigeria Olympic Committee elections scheduled for today in Dutse, Jigawa State.

Sports Vanguard gathered that after a meeting in Abuja on Tuesday, national sports association chairmen were unanimous that the elections which would have ushered in a new executive committee be shelved, until the tension created by recent developments in the Nigerian Olympic movement ease.

Sports Vanguard further gathered that it was also agreed that the normal AGM would hold but they would press for a postponement of the elections.

We reported yesterday that the two gladiators in this year’s NOC elections, incumbent President Engineer Habu Gumel and the Minister of Sports and chairman of the National Sports Commission, Engineer Sani Ndanusa, who is the aspirant for the NOC presidency, have been flexing muscles.

This has led to a serious conflict that has threatened the very foundation of the NOC.

Resultantly, divisions have emerged within the ranks of the Nigerian Olympic family. The situation was tense that those on the side of the minister called for outright impeachment of Gumel as volleyball chairman. But it was later agreed that he should be spared to face an election instead of seeing him out through impeachment.

The crux of the matter remains the uncertainty surrounding the elections even as NOC public relations officer, Tony Nezianya insisted yesterday that the elections would go ahead as scheduled.

In a telephone chat with Sports Vanguard, Nezianya agreed that there was no question about the AGM holding. On the elections he said, “if in the course of the AGM superior reasons are abduced as to why the elections should not hold and the house agrees, then we will decide when next it would hold”.


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