Outgoing president of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Engr Ibrahim Shehu Gusau, has announced that any election planned for Abuja will be null and voided in line with the agreement between the World Athletics, (WA) Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) and the AFN.
He said the claims that the world athletics body (WA) rejected the amended constitution of the AFN is false and malicious, stating that those behind the claims are doing so with the sole intention of scuttling the roadmap for the 2021 AFN elections slated for Monday, June 14 in Kebbi State.
“The claim by these other people that the World Athletics has rejected the amended constitution is false and intended to deceive the delegates and the athletics family. It is in recognition and acceptance of the amended constitution that the world body reflected and still has Mr Siminialayi Young Pepple as the Director General of the AFN, with Engr. Gusau as president,” Gusau said.
He termed the purported congress slated for Abuja as a meeting of friends, citing Article 6.1.2 of the 2017 AFN Constitution, that only the President of the AFN shall convene the Congress, while Article 19.1 of the 2019 edition states: The President of the AFN shall convene all Congress Meetings.
“Hence, any congress not convened by the President will be termed illegal and decisions taken therein will be null, void and of no consequence.
“Furthermore, it is on record that the July 1, 2020 ruling by His Lordship, Hon. Justice A. I. Chikere, in SUIT NO. FHC/ABJ/CS/113/2020 between Hon. Engr. Ibrahim Shehu Gusau, PhD (Plaintiff) and Hon. Minister of Youth & Sports Development, Federal Ministry of Youth & Sports Development, Prince Adisa A. Beyioku and Mr Olamide George (Defendants) gave an order of perpetual injunction restraining the Defendants from taking any or further actions/steps that undermine the powers of the plaintiff under the constitution of the AFN as the president, including the powers to convene the Congress of the AFN.”
Recall that after the reconciliatory meeting held in Abuja, the minister of youth and sports, Sunday Dare, thanked the CAA for their prompt response to the resolutions of the AFN crisis in a letter dated April 30, 2021.
“In line with this development, the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, the supervisory body for all sports in Nigeria affirm our commitment to the resolutions and we will support the AFN to hold its Annual General Congress on June 14, 2021 guided by the AFN constitution of 16 November 2017, while we await the responses of CAA and WA,” Dare stated in the letter.
Gusau wondered why rulings of the High Court and Appeal Court are being flagrantly disobeyed with impunity with the flimsy excuse that the Appeal Court judgment has been appealed against at the Supreme Court.
“This is very laughable and an affront to the legal system of the country. Those behind the disobedience of court judgments/rulings in the AFN matter will sooner or later be made to face the full wrath of the law to serve as a deterrent to others who see themselves as being above the law,” Gusau concluded.