Elections into the board of Nigerian Sports Commission (NSC) were held all over the federations earlier this week.
In the South- South zonal election the out- going president of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), was returned unopposed to the board of the federation.
In the North- West, North- East and North- central zones, the trio of Ibrahim Gusau, former track and field international, Fidelis Gadzama and former Kwara State Accountant General, Tunde Abdulrahaman, were elected unopposed into the board of the AFN.
In Ibadan, Lagos State Athletics Association Chairman, Professor Tunde Makanjuola defeated three other candidates to emerge the South- West zonal representative on the board of the AFN.
It was Professor Mankanjuola’s fifth attempt in the elections and he polled three votes ahead of Olumide George from Ondo State (who polled two votes), while reigning African record holder in the women’s 400m and Atlanta Olympics double medalist, Chief Falilat Ogunkoya- Omotayo polled only one vote.
The fourth contestant, Nigeria’s only international recognised track and field statistician, Samuel Fatunla, was snubbed by his own state (Ekiti) delegates who allegedly voted for the Olumide George.
Waheed Oshodi, Lagos State Commissioner for Sports emerged the winner of the South- West ticket to the board of the Nigeria Table Tennis Federation at the Zonal elections in Ibadan. He won by five votes to one to return to the same board he served in the last four years as a co- opted member.
The sad tale of the federations election had the man Oshodi succeeded as Lagos sports commissioner Ademola Adeniji- Adele, whose bid to get involved in the board of the Boxing Federation of Nigeria was rejected by delegates from the South- West zone who voted in, a relatively unknown former Chief Medical Director of Ondo State Specialist Hospital, Rotimi Rasheed, as their representative on the federation board.