By; AMOS MATHEW, Kaduna
The immediate past President of the Confederation of African Athletes (CAA) Region II, Engr. Ibrahim Shehu Gusau has congratulated the newly elected executive of the region for emerging victorious at the elective congress held at the Lam Palm Royal Beach Hotel, Accra, Ghana on Saturday.
Nigeria’s Chief Tonobok Okowa emerged as President of CAA Region II after defeating the President of Benin Republic Athletics Federation, Degon Vierin in the second round 9-6 after the first round ended in a stalemate.
Engr. Gusau, the Chief Observer of the election in a statement issued on Sunday said the region won, as neither victors nor vanquish emerged.
“The CAA Region II being the biggest in the continent of Africa is one big and strong family with a sole purpose to develop Athletics. Saturday’s election was only a family debate to choose who will run the affairs of the region for the next four years.I congratulate those elected, while those who weren’t elected should know, and understand that we must all join hands with these executives to lift the region.
“I therefore charge all elected officials to work hard and ensure unity among our members.The challenges are enormous, but they are surmountable.
“Under my leadership, we were able to organise the region’s annual competition; this ought to continue for the sake of building on results achieved in the last four years,wherein meaningful progress was made in our various national federations.I can attest that this has enabled us to achieve that strong bond in the region.
“Again, I congratulate all our members because we all are winners”, his statement reads.
Others elected are; Doudou Joof as Vice President, Alio Oumarou emerged as Financial Director, Ousmane Camara emerged as Auditor, while Sawadogo Missirit returned as Technical Director.
Aminata Keita and Ouoally Sara were elected Council Members.
Region II comprises of all countries in West Africa.