The South-West wing of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), has condemned in totality the action of the association’s National President, Honours Sirawoo for refusing to endorse the nomination of Mitchel Obi as Presidential candidate for AIPS Africa (International Sports Press Association).
This was made known during a meeting attended by the Chairmen of Oyo, Lagos, Osun, Ogun, Ondo and Ekiti chapters as well as the Zonal Secretary and the Vice President of the zone.
Mitchel Obi, a veteran Sports journalist of many years is the current President of AIPS Africa (International Sports Press Association) which is the umbrella body of sports journalists in Africa.
The group stated that Mr. Sirawoo’s arbitrary action could deny Mr. Obi the opportunity to recontest for the position.
In a communique issued at the end of their meeting on Sunday, the zonal leaders faulted Mr Sirawoo’s claim that Mr Obi is not a member of SWAN.
The communique reveals that the leaders, “Affirm that Mr. Mitchel Obi is a well recognised sports journalist duly registered with the Nigeria Union of Journalists and SWAN with a highly reputable track record of practice and mentorship for young professionals and condemns any attempt from any quarter to diminish and discredit his professional status and contributions.”
While apologizing to Mr Obi for the inconveniences he might have suffered as a result of the development, the South West SWAN leaders called on the National Executive Committee of the Association to quickly rectify the situation so that Nigeria will not lose her leadership of AIPS Africa.
“The forum calls on all organs and chapters of the association to work together to seek ways to recover the position of the AIPS Africa Presidency by supporting the incumbent, Mr. Obi who is our senior colleague.”
The South West leaders of SWAN expressed solidarity with the Lagos Chapter of SWAN on the matter, but frowned at the vote of no confidence passed on Honours Sirawoo-led National Executive Committee, saying that the action is “too hasty.”