By Eddie Akalonu
Reasons have emerged as to why former Lagos Youth and Sports Commissioner, Ademola Adeniji- Adele lost out in his bid to win a seat into the board of the Nigeria Boxing Federation in Zone one elections held in Ibadan.
The election results jointly signed by Peter Nelson, the electoral chairman and Steve Olarinoye, the electoral committee secretary, and made available to Vanguard showed that in the particular boxing federation matter, the ticket went to Rotimi Fasidi of Ondo State against what stakeholders spoken to described it as “greed” on the part of Lagos in presenting two perceived two juggernauts as candidates.
Those who spoke on point of anonymity asked questions why the impeached ex president of Nigeria boxing federation, Rotimi George Taylor’s name came up on the electoral sheet, as candidate of Ondo State when he had always been know as chairman of the association in a Lagos State.
“There was no convincing proof that he had been dropped by Lagos,” said one delegate.
Taylor however, won one vote against Fasidi’s four votes. In the case of Adeniji Adelele, it was authenticated on the result sheet that he was absent from the election, hence had had zero vote, as the rules had barred voting by proxy more-so he had dabbled into a terrain one delegate said “he was perceived a total stranger”
In another upset, former board member of the Nigeria Weightlifting Federation, Navy Captain Babatunde Adedimeji, rtd, who also had contested for presidency of the federation in the past, was clearly beaten in the zone by new comer, Sylvester Ikuejamoye, the ex- chairman of Association of Federal Civil Service Sports Unions, who is from Ondo State by four votes to one.
By the same token, the zone also effected a change in taekwondo, as the long standing national federation board-member and it’s vice president, Popoola Temitayo Kuburat of Lagos was beaten in the polls by Ogun State’s George Ashiru who won with three votes, leaving Fasesin John Olusesan in second place with two votes while Popoola placed a distant third with one vote.
Meanwhile, Babatunde Ogunade and Francis Orbih won the basketball and badminton federation seats respectively with overwhelming as sole candidates.