By John Egbokhan
The long drawn battle of who becomes the next president of the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) appears to be nearing an end after the Habu Gumel-led executive committee called for an Executive Board meeting on Thursday at the NOC secretariat at the National Stadium, Lagos.

Sports Vanguard learnt yesterday that the meeting was called by the Secretary-General, Banji Oladapo, who said the agenda for the day would involve deliberations on the report of the Electoral Panel headed by Rev. Moses Iloh and the possible fixing of a date for the Annual General Assembly, where elections into the executive committee would hold.

The AGM was earlier scheduled to hold last December in Jigawa State but the disqualification of some contestants from the polls, threw up a chain of reactions that forced the postponement until a further date. The incumbent president, Gumel, whose tenure had expired last October, and who is gunning for a third term in office and erstwhile Minister of Sports, Sani Ndanusa, are the main contenders for the topmost job.

It was gathered that those expected to attend Thursday’s crunch meeting include all the Presidents of the Olympic Sports federations, the three members of the Electoral Committee, Rev. Iloh, Ibrahim Galadima and Olatokunbo Thomas.

The trio had earlier proposed March 26 as the date for an AGM, but that day came and went without any  meeting. Another attempt by the presidents of the sports federations to force the election to hold on May 4 also did not materialise, as the NOC said that they were acting without the necessary powers

But this sudden call for a meeting appears to have been provoked by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), which we gathered last week at a meeting in Tanzania, told the NOC President, Habu Gumel, who was in Tanzania, to go and hold an AGM, where the agenda for the day would be elections.


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