The incumbent president of the Nigeria Olympic Committee, Habu Gumel, has been elected for another term in office, defeating close challenger and former minister of sports Sani Ndanusa by 21 to 19 votes at the elective congress of the NOC held in Jalingo, Taraba state on Thursday.
With 21 out of the 40 votes, Gumel secured an absolute majority of 50 percent plus one as the keenly contested election into the president’s seat climaxed the body’s congress just as eight other positions were also contested.
Gumel’s victory at the poll secured a third consecutive term and a fifth term overall for the Jigawa-born IOC member, whose last eight years in office have attracted heavy criticism. He was first elected as NOC president in 2002 and was in office until 2010. He returned in 2014 and was in office till 2022 before winning another term at the election.
Solomon Ogba of the Bobsled & Skeleton Federation secured 24 votes to emerge as the first vice president against Francis Orbih of badminton, who secured 16 votes. In comparison, Ishaku Tikon of the Table Tennis Federation ran unopposed for the second vice presidential position and secured 38 votes.
Representative of the athletes in the body and former D’Tigers captain, Olumide Oyedeji, secured 24 votes to emerge as third vice president against Daniel Igali of the wrestling federation, who had 15 votes. In contrast, Maria Wophill of the athletics federation had one vote. Olabisi Joseph of the School Sports Federation will serve as the fourth vice president after polling 23 votes to beat Rahinatu Garba and Hauwa Akinyemi.