AFN in turmoil as board members suspend Gusau

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…. Sunday Adeleye removed as Athletes Representatives

The crisis rocking the Athletics Federation of Nigeria took an ugly turn following the suspension of the president, Ibrahim Shehu Gusau and the removal of Sunday Adeleye as Technical Director as well as Athletics Representative.

Arising from a board meeting held at the AFN secretariat located at the MKO Abiola National Stadium, Abuja on Tuesday, the board noted the violation of the AFN constitution by the President who usurped the powers and functions of the Secretary-General by changing the password of the AFN email account as well as entering an agreement with sportswear giants, Puma without formal documentation.

In the communiqué issued, the board also frowned at the President’s refusal to pay athletes, coaches and other officials’ allowances or not pay in full at major international competitions.

‘The board noted that the young athletes who attended the African Youth and Junior Championships in Abidjan in April 2019 are yet to be paid.

“Athletes who also attended the IAAF World Relays in Yokohama, Japan in May 2019 have not also been paid while those who attended the IAAF World Championships in Doha have not been paid in full,” the communiqué said.

The board members present “resolved that the President should step aside for an investigation to be conducted over his infractions and the vice president will act in his absence.”

In the same vein, the Annual General Meeting of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria, AFN, scheduled to hold in Awka, Anambra state on Wednesday 4th December, 2019 has been labelled illegal and an act of violation of the federation’s constitution by the Board members.

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 The board members who expressed their dismay at the flagrant violation of the Federation’s Constitution by Gusau who called an annual congress of the AFN in utter disregard of the constitution 6.1.4 which stipulates a 60-day notice must be given before annual congress of the Federation can be convened.

The Board also announced Brown Ebewele as the Technical Director of the federation while Mr Okon Gabriel is the new Performance Director.

Board member at the meeting includes; Hon. Olamide George. Ag. President, Gabriel Okon, DIG Sani Mohammed (Rtd), Rosa Collins, Brown Ebewele, Himal Charles (AR), Tafida Gadzama. While Maria Wolphill and Prof. Ojeme sent the apologies.

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