By AUSTIN OWOICHO, Abuja
The Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) Triennial Delegates Conference slated for October 7, 2019 in Port Harcourt will go ahead as scheduled.
This was contained in a statement signed by the Secretary, Gabriel Nwanetanya, made available on September 25, 2019.
“Consequently the National SWAN Triennial Delegates Congress slated for October 7, 2019 at the Ernest Ikoli NUJ Press Centre, Moscow Road, Port Harcourt STANDS; the 37 state chapter chairmen are enlisted to ensure the presence of their delegates at the Congress.
“Arrival remains Sunday, October 6, 2019; as appropriate and adequate measures have been put in place for a hitch free Congress,” it stated.
The association said that its attention has been drawn to a letter in the social media allegedly issued by the National Secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) on the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) National Triennial Delegates Congress scheduled for October 7, 2019 in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
“We are at a loss as to the true source of the letter, because of obvious gaps in the content as it relates to the SWAN Statute, and even the NUJ Constitution.
“For the record, the 2019 SWANECO from formation till date has been guided by the extant laws governing the Association; and went ahead in the spirit of opening space to oblige an appeal for the review of clause 11 (eleven) in the electoral guidelines; which was eventually expunged.
“Beside this, the over two months old Committee did not receive any official complaint or objection from any member of the Association or aspirant on any part of its activities,” said.
SWAN therefore said that it views the purported letter as another verse designed to undermine the legally constituted and meticulous SWAN Statute-driven independent electoral process
“To further exhibit the bad smell that gave birth to a offline SWANCreDCOM, the spirit soaked source failed to understand that even the SWAN President lacks the power to stop SWANECO from performing its constitutional duties,” it added.
It urged the NEC, Full Council, SEC and other members of SWAN across the country; invited guests and the public to discountenance and disregard the said letter.
“It’s our believe that the NUJ National Secretariat knows its limit in matters of affiliation; moreover when the body in reference is known directly by the laws of the land and carrying its burden.
“We remain committed to a free, fair, credible and transparent process,” it concluded.