Revelations have emerged following the shocking sack of Chairman, Ekiti State Sports Council, Dr. Isaac Ayodele.
It was disclosed on Friday that the Ekiti State Government, through a letter signed by the Secretary to the State Government asked Dr Ayodele to step aside as helmsman at the state sports council.
This was connected to a quarrel between him and the state sports commissioner, Mr Michael Awopetu following the later’s handling of sports matters as regards athletes’ preparation for the upcoming National Sports Festival, NSF billed for Benin Edo State.
Following the inauguration of sports Festival Committees previous week by the Sports Council Chairman himself, Athletes and Officials were scheduled to have a meeting on preparation for the festival at the state Sports complex but the Hon commissioner assumed they were going to discuss a planned protest to embarrass his office for withholding over 15million naira meant for preparation of athletes and Officials for the National Sports Festival. He then maliciously informed the state Chief Security Officer.
Sports Administrators, Coaches, athletes and members of staff of the Sports Council in Ekiti were shocked on Monday when officers and men of Nigerian Police barricaded the entrance of the Kayode Oluyemi Stadium and put it under lock as instructed by the Hon. commissioner for sports having got a hint that athletes were planning to protest over his refusal to release funds for their preparation for the sports festival.
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Like every other states in Nigeria, athletes and coaches from Ekiti State have been training for the upcoming National Sports Festival slated for Benin, Edo State from December 3rd to December 17th.
Awopetu was said to have connived with some top officials of the council to syphon the funds. Mr Adeyemi Ganiyu who is the Director of Finance and accounts and the General Manager of the Council, Mr Deji Samo are signatories to the council’s accounts but couldn’t give account of how the funds were spent.
The source said the state governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi must investigate the matter and bring the erring persons to book just as he said it would amount to wasted efforts and shame if the state is not represented at the festival.
Isaac Ayodele was appointed as Chairman of Ekiti State Sport Council June 2020.
His shocking removal may have caused a major step backward for Ekiti sports.
The council organized series of training for coaches and athletes across all Local Governments in the state despite running the council with limited and personal funds.
Ayodele, a philanthropist and an astute sports administrator was former Chairman of Ekiti state Football association and one of the independent Director of the League Management Company, the organiser of Nigeria professional Football League (NPFL).
He is also the proprietor of Diafa Football Academy. Staff of the Sports Council, coaches and athletes wept profusely as the news of his termination was announced.