Athletics

AFN board members nullify Gasau’s suspension gives him Vote-of-Confidence

Dapo Sotuminu

Board members of the Athletic Federation of Nigeria, Friday in Abuja nullified the impeachment plot perpetuated by seven out of the 12 board members of the federation’s on Tuesday in Abuja, calling it an exercise in futility.

The board members who gathered in Abuja, declared that the exercise was illegal and it ran foul of the constitution of the AFN.

In a statement jointly signed by the board members;  Amansi Marcus, Sunday Adeleye, Maria Wophill, Ibrahim Gasau, Chief Solomon Ogba and Professor Emmanuel Ojeme, and addressed to the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, described the plot by the seven members as a failed plan which does not hold water.

The statement reads in part: “Pursuant to the provisons of the constitution of the Athletics Federationsof Nigeria approved and adopted in November, 2017, meetings are to be called by the Secretary General based on the directive of the president as contained in page 12, Article 8:  2, this was not done.

“There was no notice of meeting from either the president or Secretary General which means this provision of the constitution was flouted.

Furthermore, Article 8 which deals with the AFN administration stipulates in Section 8.6. 1: That the president shall preside over all Congress, Board and Executive Board meetings.

“The president did not preside over any meeting nor did he delegate the Vice President to chair any meeting even if there was one and in this case, no meeting was held. Based on the above provisions of the constitution, any attempt to suspend the president is an exercise in futility as some members cannot write a letter to the Youth and Sport calling for the suspension of the president.

“What happened to the principle of fair hearing even if allegations were raised against the president?

“We the undersigned hereby resolve to reject any plan to cause division in the federation at a time when peace and progress should be our watch word.

“We hereby pass a vote-of – confidence on Honourable Ibrahim Shehu Gasau, the AFN president.”

One of the board members who signed the statement to the Permanent Secretary, renowned professor of sports psychology, Professor Emmanuel Ojeme in his footnote in the statement said; “I signed for peace and reconciliation in AFN to enable it discharge cognate functions. I sign for collaboration and openness in decision making and for  inclusive AFN governance.”

 

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