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We aren’t conscious of any Puma contract, insists AFN | The Guardian Nigeria Information


Nigeria’s Ese Brume holds the nationwide flag after ending third within the Girls’s Lengthy Bounce remaining on the 2019 IAAF Athletics World Championships in Doha. Workforce Nigeria competed in Puma kits. Picture: AFP

The Athletics Federation of Nigeria, AFN, says it isn’t in possession of any contractual paperwork signed between it and tools and sportswear producer, Puma, and can’t be chargeable for what it is aware of nothing about.

In a press release signed by Prince Adeniyi Adisa Beyioku, its Secretary-Basic, the AFN says it doesn’t know something in regards to the contract outdoors what has been written within the media and, from the media studies, had even made makes an attempt to make clear from Puma, stating breaches of the AFN structure by Messrs Gusau and Adeleye who the package makers confirmed negotiated the deal.

“The eye of the AFN has been drawn to a media assertion signed by Shehu Ibrahim Gusau confirming the termination of the settlement he and Mr Sunday Adeleye signed with sportswear and tools firm, Puma purportedly on behalf of the AFN in July, 2019.

“The AFN needs to state unequivocally that it isn’t conscious of any contract as there was no doc within the Secretariat of the federation pertaining to any contractual settlement with Puma,” the AFN stated within the media assertion.

Gusau had claimed the final board he was president of signed the take care of the German multinational company, however majority of the board members, a few of whom are within the new board, had denied any information of the contract.

“Following media studies of the stated contract, particularly within the lead as much as the continuing Tokyo 2020 Olympics and the inauguration of a brand new government board of the federation, the Secretary Basic of the AFN Prince Adeniyi Beyioku, appointed pursuant to article 8.7.2 of the federation’s structure (2017) and recognised by World Athletics had in a letter dated July 19, 2021 requested Mr. Gusau to avail the AFN of the contract particulars and return no matter had been collected from Puma to the Secretariat of the federation on the Moshood Abiola Stadium Abuja recognised by World Athletics.

“Mr Gusau refused to heed the recommendation and acted as if solely two out of 13 members constituted the previous board of the federation and have to be the one ones allowed to know particulars of the contract, citing a non-disclosure settlement. But Mr Gusau and Mr Adeleye reportedly negotiated the deal on behalf of the identical board.

“The AFN additionally needs to state that the structure of the federation states in article 8.7.2, sections 4.4.2, 4.4.3 and 4.4.4 that the Secretary Basic should not solely be aware of all choices, contractual or in any other case entered into as its chief administrative and accounting officer however should even be the custodian of such paperwork, information and properties.

“This constitutional provision was flagrantly violated by Mr Gusau, wielding the ability of a emperor that the structure didn’t give him.

“The AFN needs to placed on document that the brand new board didn’t see any paperwork indicating there was an settlement with Puma and famous that majority of members of the earlier board, appearing on newspaper studies, wrote Puma via its lawyer, Oluwole Afolabi that they weren’t conscious of the stated contract, however Puma insisted it signed an settlement with the AFN regardless of obvious constitutional breaches which invalidated the stated contract.

“The board members, via Barrister Afolabi additional wrote on January 30, 2020 to place PUMA on discover of renunciation of enterprise relationship.”

Beyioku says the federation is saddened that two individuals have allowed their egocentric curiosity to override their sense of patriotism and disadvantaged onerous working Nigerian athletes of the monetary advantages within the stated contract following the revelation (after the termination of the settlement by Puma) that $15,000, $5,000, and $3000 shall be earned by gold, silver and bronze medal winners respectively on the ongoing Olympics.

“From the media launch signed by Mr Gusau, we all know such a bonus construction would have been out there on the 2019 World Athletics Championship and we wish to ask why such was not disclosed to the athletes to function a supply of motivation for them and why Ese Brume who received a bronze medal within the lengthy soar occasion on the Championship has not been paid.”

Beyioku says with the reported termination, extra revelations will come to the fore about different monetary advantages to the crew hitherto hidden underneath a bogus non-disclosure settlement and Nigerians shall be left to resolve how honest Mr Gusau and Mr Adeleye, whose firm, Dynamic Sporting Options, was used to warehouse the cash meant for the federation within the purported contracted, as revealed in a letter from Puma in February 2020.

“It’s clear that Mr Gusau and Mr Adeleye negotiated the stated contract as President and Technical Director of the AFN respectively because the Puma letter indicated and never Dynamic Sporting Options appearing because the AFN marketing consultant and which is owned by Mr Adeleye and which the duo nominated to warehouse funds from the stated kits and tools sponsor.

“The AFN needs to remind Nigerians that the legal case arising from the Puma deal the Inspector Basic of Police instituted towards Mr Gusau and Mr Adeleye remains to be earlier than the Justice of the Peace court docket in Abuja.”



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