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AFN elections: Gusau drags Sports ministry, Okowa to court

AFN elections: Gusau drags Sports ministry, Okowa to court

The crisis that has bedeviled the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) may have taken another twist after it was revealed that the Engr Ibrahim Gusau led board has approached the High Court over the parallel June 14 elections.

According to the first vice president, Sunday Adeleye, the AFN will seek to legitimise that ushered them into power.

On Monday, June 14, 2021 two separate AFN elections were held in Kebbi and Abuja respectively, with the former seeing incumbent President, Shehu Ibrahim Gusau re-elected, while the Chairman, Delta State Sports Commission, Tonobok Okowa emerged in latter.

Earlier on Tuesday, Minister of Sports, Sunday Dare, who inaugurated the Okowa led board in Abuja, said that the WA and CAA as well the Federal Government are behind the Okowa-led board, stressing that they are the only legitimate group to oversee the affairs of athletics in Nigeria for the next four years.

However, Adeleye insisted that the Kebbi State election was the one recognised by the World Athletics (WA) and Confederation of African Athletics (CAA), hence the Gusau-led board approached the court to challenge the legitimacy of Okowa led board.

Speaking during an interview session on a radio program, Adeleye said: “I am going to tell you with all authority that already we are in court. And then, we have gotten a date. We pre-empted them, we know they’re trickish and then we went to court. Unfortunately, the Court went on strike and now they’ve resumed and we’ve gotten a date today (Tuesday) and we will meet in court.”

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