AFN Board Dissolved, Gusau conducts parallel election

Pius Ayinor             

The board of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria has been dissolved upon the expiration of its term. The dissolution was done in Abuja even as former AFN boss Ibrahim Gusau goes ahead to conduct a parallel election in his home state, Kebbi. 

The scene would be more of a continuation of the battle in the federation witnessed in the last one year with two presidents but now with two different boards. Until June 2021 it was a case of two presidents and one board but the dimension is changing now to two boards.                              

Announcing the dissolution on Monday 14th June the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports says the tenure of the board has expired.                                        The statement released to the media reads: “Pursuant to article 10.4 of the 2017 constitution of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria, the Ministry hereby dissolve the board of the AFN.

“We have advised that the elections should be organised in accordance with the 2017 constitution of the AFN as contained in the agreement reached at the reconciliation meeting held in Abuja last April and brokered by the Confederation of African Athletics and World Athletics.”

The sports ministry then enjoined delegates at Monday’s Elective Congress to eschew bitterness and vote for candidates that can unite the federation.                            

 The AFN had at its extraordinary congress on Sunday June 13, 2021 held in Abuja asked the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development to invoke article 10.4 of its constitution and dissolve the outgoing board.