By Joan Nnenna Iwuchukwu
Abuja (Precise Post) – The immediate past president of the Badminton Federation of Nigeria Francis Orbih has been re-elected to lead the federation for another four years after a prolonged period of crisis and power tussle.
Orbih returned unopposed after polling 10 votes in the election that took place at the Conference Hall of the permanent secretary of the sports ministry.
Mohammed Maina also returned as the vice president after also polling 10 votes.
Speaking during the inauguration ceremony of the new board, Permanent Secretary of the sports ministry Ismaila Abubakar charged the new board to work together.
“The election of the Board of the Badminton Federation of Nigeria was put on hold due to the Ministry’s respect for the Court injunction that was instituted by some aggrieved Stakeholders, shortly before the September 30, 2021 election”.
“It is on a good note that the aggrieved Stakeholders have addressed the issues of concern and have jointly discontinued litigation in the Federal High Court, in the spirit of One-Sport-One Family, which the BFN has always been known for”.
“As President, Vice President and Members of the Badminton Federation of Nigeria, the task of deepening the development of Sports is now squarely on your shoulders. Therefore, teamwork is key to achieving the Board’s goals and objectives”.
On his part, newly elected president of the federation Francis Orbih expressed joy as peace is gradually returning to the federation.
“It’s a huge victory for the Badminton Federation, there is no victor and vanquish, Badminton is a game of Love and we are going to continue as one family”.
“It has been quite challenging looking at other sports that had their board inaugurated and who have taken off and running with activities for their various sports. So we felt like being left behind and nothing was going on. I can tell you that it is a massive relief for the badminton family to have their election today.”
Mr. Orbih further expressed optimism that the federation will regain its lost glory.
“We have lost some ground but we will come out better and stronger, we will reach out to all to lift the game of badminton”.
Other board members include; Mr. Lawal Yusuf Bello (North East), Engr. Shehu Sulyman Warah (North Central), Mrs. Solaja Catherine Obiageli (South East) Mr. Tangbe Felix Awala South-South), Grace Gabriel (Athletes Reps), Esther Gidado (NAWIS), Tunde Kazeem (NAPHER-SD), Alhaji Malik Anas Sponsor/Philanthropist / Ex-Offico, Etuku Tenimu (Technical Rep).