History was made this past weekend when the Taekwondo Congress called by the Nigeria Taekwondo Federation read and adopted its Constitution with a two-thirds majority of thirty-seven votes,National Daily learnt.
Chaired by its first female President, Mrs Margaret Elizabeth Binga, the special congress which was observed by representatives of the Federal Ministry of Youths and Sports and the Nigeria Olympic Committee had in attendance twenty-five states and ten board members, and the sole purpose of the special congress was for the reading, deliberation and possible adoption of the constitution.
Twenty-six states were involved in the day-long deliberation included Lagos, FCT, Niger, Zamfara, Ebonyi, Yobe, Abia, Delta, Enugu, Nasarawa, Borno, Katsina, Cross River, Imo, Rivers, Benue, Jigawa, Kaduna, Bayelsa, Taraba, Ondo, Bauchi, Gombe, Plateau, Sokoto and Akwa Ibom.
Board members present included: Chief Dr Jonathan Nnaji [International Representative], Alhaji Sani Lawal [Technical Representative], Anthony Anafulu [North Central], Dr Mrs Pat Anyanwu [NAPHER-SD Representative], Alhaji Abubakar Ago [North East], Barrister Obumneme Arum [South East], ACP Adewale Adebisi (Institutional Representative), Engr. Chika Chukwumerije [Athlete’s Representative/ Technical Director], Alhaji Mohammed Maccido Garba, Mrs Toyin Apara, and Mr Chukwuemeka Opara [Media Representative]
The heated argument during the special congress was the provision for a joint ticket during the presidential and vice-presidential elections.
Chief Dr, Jonathan Nnaji has argued against the addition of the provision.
“None of the Olympic sports use this method. The election to be President and Vice President should stand on its own. Even though we want to replicate the country’s methods, it is not right in sports”