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Saturday, 17 June 2017

Nigeria chooses first female President to lead governing body after controversial taekwondo election


Margaret Binga has become the first President of a Nigerian national sports federation ©NTF

Margaret Binga has become the first President of a Nigerian Federation after being elected in controversial circumstances to lead the country’s taekwondo governing body.
The former African champion was elected unopposed as the new President of the Nigeria Taekwondo Federation (NTF) at the Abuja National Stadium following the disqualification of incumbent George Ashiru by the Electoral Committee.
Ashiru is reported as saying by The Nation that the election was "not free, not fair and not credible".
"Everything was done in secrecy," he said.
"They made nomination of people with most delegates knowing how the process was done.
"The [Sports] Minister said everything should be done by election but nomination was done behind the back."
Ashiru said he was shocked to notice that his name was omitted from the candidate list before the election.
"I asked if I needed accreditation but was told to wait patiently for the Presidential election, telling me that my name was intact," he added.
"When the time for election came, my name vanished into thin air and the electoral chairman said based on that, as well as other issues like a petition being raised, I won’t be able to contest.
"I replied to him by saying the petition ought to be taken to a tribunal, not here."
Binga’s camp, meanwhile, accused other delegates of harassing the electoral officer.
"The touting manner they displayed at the election venue was appalling," a source told The Nation. Read more
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