The Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) has nominated veteran sports journalist and AIPS-Africa incumbent president, Mr. Mitchel Obi as Nigeria’s Sole Candidate for the office of President in the forthcoming AIPS-Africa elections.
According to a statement signed by the Deputy Secretary-General (SWAN), Wale Joseph, the nomination signed by the association’s President Mr. Honour Sirawoo, follows careful screening of aspirants from Nigeria in consultation with the National Executive Committee.
In the letter to the AIPS-Africa secretariat, the SWAN Boss said, “As one of our members, we trust his capacity and wealth of experience in view of his contributions to sports journalism in Africa and the World,” and urged the secretariat to avail Mr. Obi all necessary support.
In a related development, the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) has set up a 7-man mobilization and sponsorship committee for the re-election bid of Mr Mitchel Obi.
The committee is headed by SWAN President, Honour Sirawoo, with Taye Ige as Alternate Chairman.
Other members include Felix Awogu, Ejiro Omonode, Idris Malikawa and Imam Imam, while Alloy Chukwuemeka is to serve as Secretary.
Sirawoo disclosed that the association will reach out to its counterpart across Africa to galvanize support for Mr Obi, just as the committee will pull all the stops to ensure that Mitchel Obi is re-elected.
He thanked other members of the Committee for accepting to serve and pleaded with corporate Nigeria, critical stakeholders and individuals to open their doors as a way of lending support in the country’s quest to continue to play a leading role in Africa’s sports journalists’ environment.