Tension hits AFN ahead of congress

Tension hits AFN ahead of congress

Members of the Athletic Federation of Nigeria are reportedly unhappy with the agenda of the federation’s congress scheduled to hold in Abuja on Wednesday.

The AFN has been embroiled in crisis since the inception of the board in July, with some board members accusing  the president Ibrahim Gusau of running the board  alone.

The congress’ agenda   released by the AFN had  generated tensions as some members are not pleased with the items on the list.

It was learnt that the agenda failed to make provision for the presentation of a constitution for the federation, which many members had  called for. The agenda also failed to give room for other matters to be discussed apart from those on it.

A member of the board, Dare Esan, said  the constitution was the most important part of the congress and its exclusion could deepen the  crisis in the federation.


Another board member, Brown Ebewele,  said, “The agenda for the congress is problematic. We have been calling for a constitution to govern the activities of the AFN and there would have been no better place to present it other than at the congress.

“The agenda said there would be no room for people to air their grievances and what was written would only be followed. Where is that done? So a man will come all the way from Sokoto to Abuja and just listen to what is  in the letter sent to him and will not be able to make his input, and you call that a congress?”

However, Sunday Adeleye,  the AFN  technical director, who is  believed to be one of Gusau’s loyalists, told our correspondent that the constitution would be presented at the congress.

He said, “The  congress’ agenda  has been released and sent to the members and the state associations. However, the constitution will be presented at the congress despite it not being stated in the agenda

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