Sports Federations Election: Dalung Talks Tough
The rules of engagement are quite simple - "abide by the laid down process or be ready to contend with the law enforcement agencies."
The Minister, Solomon Dalung gave the advice in Abuja while maintaining the Ministry's commitment to producing democratically elected Sports Federations.
Dalung reiterated that all sports Federations' boards have been dissolved after the expiration of their four-year term and remain so to make way for credible elections.
"The boards of all the federations have been dissolved. There is no autonomous board or Federation anywhere. The boards are funded by the federal government and are on federal government's budget.
"Anybody involved or trying to disturb the public peace will have the law agencies to contend with. The date of all sports federations' elections including the Zonal representatives, Vice Presidents and Presidents remains June 13, 2017", he said.
The Minister also warned that anybody contributing money or doing business with any of the out-gone Presidents of the dissolved federations' boards at this time, does so at his or her own risk.
"Those heating up the sports space are those government nominees who were handpicked to serve on the various boards. The election format has since changed and every contestant must abide by the adopted guidelines.
"The date has been fixed for June 13, 2017. Any other activity outside the programme of the supervising ministry is illegal and anyone who heats up the polity or tries to undermine the government will have the law enforcement agencies to contend with", he added.