May 26, (THEWILL) – The emergency congress of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) held in Abuja on Thursday, rejected a controversial proposal to extend the tenure of some board members.
The proposal, originally presented at the AFN’s annual congress in January, sought to extend the president’s term from 12 years to 16 years. However, the congress turned down the 16-year tenure proposal and instead approved a 12-year term in line with international practice and Nigerian sports federation regulations.
In addition to addressing the tenure issue, the congress clarified that the AFN president has the authority to convene emergency meetings after consulting with board members. The congress also approved a new logo for the Federation.
Meanwhile, the Northeast geopolitical zone submitted a letter to the congress, requesting the recall of the first vice president, Tafida Gadzama, citing ineffective representation. The congress directed the Northeast zone to resolve their concerns internally and report back to the board. The emergency congress was attended by representatives from 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory, along with eight of the 13 board members.
On Friday, the AFN’s All Comers event will be held at the MKO Abiola Stadium in Abuja, followed by the Golden League on Saturday.