Julius Ogunro, a former Special Assistant on Media to Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, former Minister of sports has joined issues with President of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria, Solomon Ogba for calling on the federal government to probe his former boss over the High Performance Centre in Abuja.
Ogba was reported to have called for Abdullahi to be probed for the high performance centre, which the former Minister started also alleging that Abdullahi was the first Minister of sports to have stopped subventions to sports federations.
Reacting to Ogba’s call for the probe of Abdullahi, Ogunro said, “his allegations are bunkum and really do not deserve any attention.”
In a press statement, made available to Sports Vanguard, Ogunro said, “It was obvious that Ogba never wanted the high performance Centre to succeed probably because he was getting grants from the IAAF to build a high performance centre in Port Harcourt. Perhaps, reason why he conspired to work against the HPC initiated by ministry of sports.”
He continued, “Abdullahi’s first choice for the position of technical director for the centre was Mike Afilaka, a Nigerian coach who was with the UK athletics team. It was Ogba who insisted that he preferred Americans for the job and was part of the team from Nigeria that interviewed various applicants for the position. Now he has made a volte-face.”
He accused Ogba of being ill-equipped to run Nigerian athletics. “He really does not have any business running Nigerian athletics. He should not only resign but apologize to Nigerians for his incompetence which has caused us two disastrous outings at the Olympics in London 2012 and in Rio, Brazil.