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Okowa declares self as AFN authentic president after World Athletics recognition

Okowa declares self as AFN authentic president after World Athletics recognition

The President of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) Chief Tonobok Okowa has declared there is no faction in the federation as he is the authentic president of Nigeria’s biggest sports federation.

Addressing newsmen during the reception held for the Team Nigeria’s U20 athletes who participated in the just World Athletics U20 Championships in Nairobi, Kenya Okowa said since he has been recognized by the World Athletics as the AFN president, his task is to close the dissenting ranks within the federation.

It will be recalled the federation has been hit with leadership crisis that led to the conduct of parallel elections in Kebbi and Abuja.

“The World Athletics have spoken and I see myself now as the authentic president of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria. I am going to reach out to them and I have always said that I have never had issues with them on personal grounds.

“I only contested elections with them and I won. Whatever has happened in the past is not for me to dwell on. World Athletics has recognized me, they are my friends and I will reach out to them. Ibrahim Gusau and Sunday Adeleye are my personal friends and won’t fight them over positions. My prayer is that they should come close, plead with them for us to sit down and find a way forward,” he declared.

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