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Disqualified officials in Nigeria

Sports Minister and Chairman of the National Sports Commission, Engr. Sani Ndanusa, has been disqualified from contesting for the presidency of the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC).

The NOC Public Relations Officer, Tony Nezianya, disclosed this to newsmen yesterday in Lagos after the executive committee meeting to screen those seeking election into the NOC board.

The NOC election is scheduled for Dec. 9, 2009 in Dutse, Jigawa State.

He said that the minister was disqualified for not meeting the statutory requirement for the position of the NOC president.

Nezianya quoted article 26: 1:2 of the NOC to support Ndanusa’s disqualification.

The article says candidates for the position of the president must have served in an executive position or at the level of a commission of an International Federation or the Commonwealth Games Federation for a period of at least four years.

He said that two of the four candidates for the position of the Secretary-General – rtd Navy Captain Babatunde Adedimeji and Prof. Olakitan De-Souza – were also disqualified.

According to him, Adedimeji is disqualified for being on the executive board of the Africa Weightlifting Federation for just a year instead of the mandatory two years