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IAAF grant: Nobody accused Gusau of complicity, says acting president



Mr Olamide George, the Acting President of Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), said nobody accused  its suspended former president Ibrahim Gusau of any complicity in money that was received and spent before he was elected.


George said this on Tuesday in a news briefing at AFN Secretariat at  Moshood Abiola Stadium, Abuja .


He said the suspended President could not have been mentioned in the association’s finances prior to his assumption of office in July 2017.


He noted that the suspended president did not inform the board of the development until it was reported in the media.


NAN reports that Gusau was alleged to have spent without the approval of the federation the sum of $135,000 granted in error to AFN by IAAF.


The international body had written to the AFN to refund $135,000 of the said amount which it said was the excess of what was due AFN.


As the controversy raged, the sports ministry refunded the said amount while the AFN board went ahead to suspend Gusau for alleged misuse of the grant.


A proactive president would have called for a board meeting to address the issue since the money was sent before our inauguration,” George said.


According to him “AFN President has the right to call for a board meeting. The same constitution makes it the job of the secretary general to issue a notice to that effect.


George further noted that the suspended president failed to inform media that the board didn’t approve of the contract of PUMA and had no knowledge of it until it was signed.


He bought samples of PUMA to show the board members and he never said he had signed the 2.7 million dollars contract with PUMA,” he added.

Edited by: Donald Ugwu

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