PARALYMPIC COMMITTEE NIGERIA (PCN) GETS NEW EXECUTIVE

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A new executive has been elected to run the affairs of the Paralympic Committee of Nigeria (PCN) for the next four years.

The keenly contested election, which took place at the 2023 PCN Elective Congress in Asaba on Monday, saw the emergence of Sunday Odebode emerging as President of the Sports Federation after beating Paul Maduakor and Charles Ezenwanne to the second and third positions.

The position of 1st Vice President went to Shodipo Ayinde, while Ugwunwa Flora emerged as 2nd Vice President.

Isa Suleiman is the new Secretary General, Agbado Douglas, Assistant Secretary General; and Etti Olawale, Treasurer.

The Electoral Committee was headed by a former national coach, Badminton Nigeria and one-time Kwara state Director of Sports, Coach Tunde Kazim who, after announcing the results, thanked the delegates for their peaceful and orderly conduct, while urging the winners to be magnanimous in victory and carry every member of the PCN along for the greater good of Paralympic sports in Nigeria.

The immediate past President of PCN, Brig. Gen Emico Eruwa, thanked the Paralympic Federation for the opportunity given to him to serve and expressed delight that the desire to have persons of integrity take over from his team was achieved at the Elective Congress.

In his acceptance speech, the new PCN President, Sunday Odebode, thanked the delegates for the confidence reposed in him and assured that the new executive would consolidate the achievements of its predecessor in the quest for the advancement of Paralympic sports in Nigeria.

In an interview with newsmen after the inauguration of the new executive, the Treasurer, Etti Olawale, assured that team work would be the guiding principle of the new executive as they were determined to give the PCN a new face to the glory of God and the overall interest of the Paralympic Committee.

Minister of Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare, who later addressed the new executive and delegates, said he was impressed with the outcome of the Elective Congress, assuring that PCN would continue to enjoy the support of his Ministry, as it had proven to be one of the peaceful Sports Federations in the country.

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