Abuja agog as sports federations hold elections tomorrow
• NBBF meets October 2 to seek way forward
Prospective board members of the 23 national sports federations have started arriving Abuja for the national elections billed to hold tomorrow at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium.
Apart from the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), which is yet to ratify the mode of the polls, and the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), which has already conducted its elections, all the other 23 federations will choose their board members tomorrow.
Chairman of the electoral committee set up by the Youth and Sports Development Ministry to conduct the polls, Peter Nelson, yesterday, disclosed, “The committee is conducting elections into the 23 federations that were yet to have their own constitutions approved by their international bodies.
“These federations’ elections will be conducted using the 2021 Electoral Guidelines approved by the Ministry. Ten federations with constitutions will use this to conduct their own elections.”
Already, the zonal elections to pick members of the boards have been held across the country, just as such relevant bodies as NAWIS and NAPHER, as well as athletes representatives, military and paramilitary have held their polls and elected their representatives on the boards.
Nelson affirmed that tomorrow’s elections would decide the presidents and vice presidents of the various federations, adding that documentation of delegates would start by 9:30 a.m., while actual voting begins by 11:30 a.m.
“The election result will be declared after the polls, while the Minister, Sunday Dare, will inaugurate the boards immediately.”
While other federations will hold their elections tomorrow, stakeholders in the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) elections will meet in Abuja on October 2 to decide the mode of their polls.
The NBBF has been enmeshed in a leadership crisis since the last federations’ elections midwifed by former Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung. This led to the emergence of two factions of the body, one led by Musa Kida and the other by former NBBF president, Tijjani Umar.
According to sources close to the factions, current Sports Minister, Sunday Dare, who has pledged to be fair to all stakeholders in the forthcoming elections, has ordered the NBBF to hold a congress, where they will agree on the constitution to be adopted for the polls, among other issues.
In a letter dated September 21, 2021, and sent out to the 36 states’ basketball association chairmen and the Federal Capital Territory by the NBBF Secretary, Mrs. Afolabi-Oluwayemi Olabisi, the Congress will take place at Hotel De Bentley, Utako, Abuja.
It said delegates are expected to arrive on Friday for the all-important Congress, which will ratify the date, venue and other details for the 2021 NBBF elections.