The the guidelines for the 2017 elections within national sports federations (SNSs) have been amended.
Two disputed provisions: âthe question of eligibility as contained in the directive which was not in conformity with the Olympic Charter, which seeks to prohibit certain Nigerians from international federations from running for office, has been deleted. “
According to the statement issued by Nneka Anibeze, SA to Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung, at the end of the special meeting with the NOC, they mutually agreed to remove the incriminated provisions.
âThe mandate of the presidents of the national federations has now been extended to 12 years, against two 8-year mandates previously proposed.
“This means that a federation president can now remain in office for 12 years and be banned from running for re-election after the three terms.”
He added, however, that if there were Nigerians who were presidents of international federations, they would not be eligible to run for presidency of national federations. And that vice presidents would also be eligible to compete.
At present, no Nigerian is president of an international federation. However, NOC President Habu Gumel remains the most senior Nigerian in international sport as a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
The press release indicates that a third incriminated provision was also taken care of after the establishment of an electoral appeal committee of 7 people.
The Committee would be formed to consider and decide on all appeals and petitions arising from the elections, if any.
He said: âThe committee will be chaired by the acting permanent secretary of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, AbdulRazak Salau.
Other members will include a representative of the Nigerian Olympic Committee, Aminu K. Idris, a director of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Maharaja Mahmoud, a retired colonel who was a former executive secretary of the now defunct National Sports Commission.
The others are the president of the Forum of State Sports Directors, Tunde Kazeem, Emmanuel Zira and the legal adviser of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports, Ms. Carol Ojukwu, who will act as secretary.
The Committee will be inaugurated before the election.
Meanwhile, zonal and national elections will now be held on the same day in Abuja.
A congress would allow delegates to vote for zone candidates in the morning while the election of national federations would take place later that day.
Speaking after the joint meeting of the NOC, the ministry and the federations, Youth and Sports Minister Solomon Dalung said the guidelines had been revised following extensive consultations with sport stakeholders.
âWe looked at some of the guidelines and agreed that it was necessary for us to reach a consensus.
âWe have decided to make changes to some of the guidelines after extensive consultations with industry stakeholders to comply with the IOC Charter and international best practices.
In our determination to produce democratically elected national federations, we have met with stakeholders to review and refine the guidelines.
âWe have also put in place a control mechanism because the congress will now elect the presidents. We have given them this grace of one last chance to run for three terms and it will be final.
âOnly presidents of international federations will not be eligible to run for the presidency of national federations. The vice-presidents can contest.