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Odebode Emerges As New Paralympic Committee Nigeria President



Paralympic Committee Nigeria

The two-day Elective Congress of the Paralympic Committee Nigeria (PCN) has ended in Asaba, Delta State with Mr. Sunday Odebode Emerging as the new President.
Held on Monday 15 May 2023, Odebode, a seasoned Sports administrator who contested on the platform of Para Table Tennis, pulled 12 out of the total 19 votes cast to defeat three other contestants to emerge victorious.

Mr Paul Maduakor, (President, of Amputee football) pulled 5 votes, Mr. Charles Ezenwanne (Powerlifting President) had only 2 votes while Commissioner of Police (CP), Anderson Bankole( Para Table Tennis), had no vote
In other elected offices, Shodipo Ayinde Lateef (Tennis) was elected 1st vice president unopposed with 17 votes. Flora Ugwunwa(Para Athletics) had 15 votes to also emerge as the 2nd vice president unopposed.
The incumbent Secretary General Mr Issah Suleiman retained his position as he got 11 votes as against 8 votes pulled by his opponent, Mr Kayode Ladele( President, Sitting Volleyball), to be re-elected as the Secretary General of the body
Mr Douglas Agbado was elected as Assistant Secretary-General unopposed with 17 votes while Hon. Etti Olawale( President, Para Athletics) had 12 votes as against the 7 votes polled by Hon Amobi Chikwendu Emmanuel( President Para Swimming) to emerge as treasurer.
Mr Silver Ezeikpe, representing the South East region was also elected
The newly elected board was immediately inaugurated by the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development(FMYD)(Lawyer/Legal adviser.

In his acceptance speech while giving a vote of thanks, the president, Sunday Odebode, said he will involve the private sector and will run an all-inclusive administration
Meanwhile, the minister of sports, Chief Sunday Dare, while inaugurating the board said his Ministry believes so much in Para Sports which was why he came personally to inaugurate the board and advised that they should hit the ground running immediately more so as the Paris 2024 Paralympic qualifies is already in top gear

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