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Controversy trails YSFON election in Cross River

05 July 2012, 10:37

 The election of a new executive council of the Youth Sports Federation of Nigeria (YSFON), Cross River chapter, has been plagued by controversy.

The situation had been worsened as stakeholders sing discordant tunes over the constitutionality of the polls.

George Ndifon, the Vice-Chairman, state executive committee of YSFON, said the purported election resulted in controversy within the incumbent executive and Tom Agi, the Deputy National President of YSFON.

But Agi said there was no cause for alarm as a new executive committee had been elected for the state.

Ndifon said the crisis erupted when Agi, the immediate past Chairman of YSFON in the state directed Abdul Gafar, the coach of the Soccer Academy team in Cross River, to summon a stakeholders meeting.

The meeting, called a fortnight ago, was meant to reconstitute the chapter.

Ndifon said the ``meeting raised eyebrows among stakeholders because the sitting officers, who have the same tenure with the now elevated Agi, felt the directive was an aberration of YSFON constitution.

``And besides, Gafar is not a member of YSFON in the state but only deployed for technical duties in the academy and therefore cannot dabble into the affairs of YSFON in Cross River.

``We drew Agi’s attention to the fact that Article 4.9 of YSFON constitution does not vest such powers on stakeholders but on the state congress, which composition is clearly spelt out.''

Consequently, Agi was said to have announced his friends and cronies on the local radio and television stations in Calabar, as having been elected without affiliation, filling of nomination forms nor deposing to oath of office.

Ndifon described Agi’s purported state executive of YSFON as a hoax.

He said the aggrieved executive in which Agi served before his purported elevation has forwarded a protest and petition to the national secretariat of YSFON''.

Contacted on the matter, Agi said a new executive committee had been elected for YSFON in the state with Mr Leo Murphy as the chairman; Mr Mbora Mbora, vice-chairman, and Mr George Ofem as secretary.

Agi said Mr Roland Ipuole was also elected as legal adviser for YSFON, ruling out any crisis in the state’s federation.

He said the elections were conducted peacefully and followed due process.


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