By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
President Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Dr. Ibrahim Shehu Gusau has pledged to deliver free, fair and acceptable election to all as delegates go to polls on June 14 to elect their leaders.
Gusau who is also standing for reelection as head of the Athletic governing body stressed the need for unity, common purpose built in spirit of togetherness geared towards developing sport, especially athletics which he described as fulcrum of all sporting activities, assuring to provide a level playing field for all contestants in the forthcoming AFN election.
The sport administrator who just successfully conducted CAA Region II championship hosted in Zaria enjoined members to eschew bitterness and hostility, declaring that athletics in Africa and Nigeria in particular could only thrive in an atmosphere of peace, love and cooperation amongst all members and officials of the body.
The incumbent president who had suffered a prolong battle in most part of his tenure with parent body of Athletics federation described his victory in various courts of arbitration as the will of God indicating the solidarities of people and other stakeholders, promising not to let his supporters down if given another mandate in next election.
He noted that AFN under his leadership had achieved so much despite the persecution and distraction he suffered, reiterating that so much more would be achieved in critical areas of athletics in Nigeria if reelected.
Gusau said priorities would be given to welfare, development and well-being of Nigerian athletics so they would be competitive globally and their names written in gold .
“Am calling on all delegates attending the congress to disregard the fake news making round that World Athletics body rejected Gasau’s Congress.
“My amiable delegates, it’s not about Gusau, you are all familiar with our constitution that it is only the President of AFN that has the constitutional right to call for congress, as no one else has the power to do so.
He spoke against undue interference from World Athletics body, saying such meddlesome attitudes were capable of crippling performance and development of sports in Nigeria and beyond, adding that the next election scheduled to take place in Kebbi State would be a litmus test for stakeholders to show high sense of justice, obligation and commitment to fairness, fair play and sportsmanship.