The President of Athletics Federation of Nigeria, hon. Engr. Ibrahim Gusau has said the Chairman of Zamafara State Athletics Association does not have the power to remove him as the chairman.
Gusau further stated that his purported removal does not in any way affect his position as AFN president.
According to Gusau, Director of Sports, Zamfara State Directorate of Sports Development, Isikaya Shameel the election into the office of the President of the Federation and its Board is not by appointment but by a democratic process of election by the Congress of the AFN.
It will be recalled that Shameel in a statement said Gusau was removed as the Zamfara athletics boss after “extensive deliberations” by the management and stakeholders of the association.
The statement added that Jamilu Gusau had been appointed as the new chairman of the state’s athletics body.
Gusau said, “Much as the author of the fake news may be ignorant of the extant laws and guidelines regulating the election of a person into the office of the President of the AFN and removal from office, I do not expect him to be ignorant of the recent judgment of the Federal High Court which re-affirmed me as the President of the AFN as well as the Court’s declaration of the supremacy of the Constitution of the AFN with respect to the modus operandi of the AFN.”
Gusau further stated that his “position of the Chairman of Zamfara State Athletics Association was a by-election and not by appointment and the neither the Director of Sports, Directorate of Sports Development, Zamfara State nor its Management has the powers to remove an elected Chairman from office.
“In fact, as the President of AFN, I can categorically state that the Zamfara Association currently has neither constitution nor law that authorized it to sit and remove any elected member of the Association from Office,” he said.
He also blamed his detractors who are unrelenting in their pursuit to cause disaffection amongst members of AFN and the general public.
“They have now resorted to using the back door to realize their evil plans against me having been shut out by the Court through the recent Judgment of the Federal High Court that declared me, the President of the AFN,” he said.