July 25, 2017

Dalung, Collins disagree over AFN elections

Dalung, Collins disagree over AFN elections

By Ben Efe

Nigeria Association of Women in Sports (NAWIS) representative on the Athletics Federation of Nigeria board, Rosa Collins has rejected advise from Sports Minister Solomon Dalung to drop her protests over the inauguration of Ibrahim Gusau as president of the AFN.

The June 13 elections were canceled by an appeals committee set up by the ministry, after Collins and others protested their disqualification on election day. However, on July 21 Gusau and other members were inaugurated without the conduct of an election.

“I do not wish to join issues with aggrieved persons over their defeat in the just concluded National Sports Federations elections, but I need to clear the air on some presumed falsehood about decisions taken by the Appeals Committee.

“The Appeals Committee entertained petitions from aggrieved persons after the elections and took decisions based on the facts available to them,” the minister said in a statement.

Collins who was reacting to this yesterday said she wouldn’t accept the inauguration of Gusau as president of the federation.

“The ministry ought not to have set up a committee to look into the elections if they felt that there were no flaws.

“The committee canceled the elections based on our petitions. So why inaugurate a new board when there was no fresh elections. This is not acceptable to me and I am going to seek other ways to get justice,” Collins said.

Dalung argued in his statement that the appeals and harmonization committee upheld a counter petition by Gusau which proved that Charles Yayock who filed a petition disputing the North West zonal elections, participated in the elections, so did Rosa Collins in the presidential elections. This was why Gusau was inaugurated as president.