The leadership crisis that has bedeviled the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) is set to linger on following the conclusion of parallel elections to usher in new administration.
The elections held at the Jambali Hotel, Birnin Kebb Kebbi State saw Engr Ibrahim Gusau returning for another 4 years term after he defeated Uche Muoma with 20 to 2 votes at the 2021 AFN Electoral Congress.
Also, Sunday Adeleye was elected First Vice-president of the AFN with 15 votes, as Patrick Estate got 3 votes, while Solomon Abari got 4 votes.
Veteran journalist Nneka Ikem Anibeze polled 13 out of 22 votes to be elected as the Second Vice-president of the federations as Janet Wlison recorded 1 vote while Esther Hindi Mallim got 8 votes.
In the same vein, Chief Tonobok Okowa Of Delta State emerged the AFN president in the elections held in at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium Abuja on Monday.
The congress was attended by 35 chairmen of state AFN, who converged in Abuja since Saturday for the congress and elections.
With 46 delegates in attendance, Okowa who was unopposed had 41 votes while Gadzama Tafida and Rosa Collins emerged as the first vice president and second vice president with 43 votes and 42 votes respectively. They were also elected unopposed.
The election was held following the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development invocation of section 10.4 of the 2017 AFN Constitution which led to the dissolution of Board citing the expiration of its term.
The Nigeria Olympics Committee (NOC), the Ministry’s representatives and Nigeria’s Ambassador designate to South Africa amongst others were observers at the election.
In a chat, Okowa has affirmed that his mandate as President would prioritize athletes and coaches welfare.
Okowa made this assertion during his acceptance speech after he was unanimously elected in Abuja on Monday.
“First of all, my mandate is all about the Athletes and Coaches, we’ll make sure we give them an enabling environment to succeed, we will give priority to welfare package.
“We have to draw up our programs and ensure we do proper budget especially the one that will favour the Athletes and Coaches and ensure they excel”
The newly elected executive assured that they will work in unison with all zones to fulfill their mandate.
Meanwhile, the minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare will tomorrow inaugurate the newly elected board of the AFN led by Okowa