The Lagos Chapter of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) has passed `a vote of no confidence on the leadership of Mr Honour Sirawoo, as national president of SWAN, for mischievously denying Mr Mitchel Obi a re-nomination for re-election into the position of AIPS-Africa Presidency.
The well attended congress unanimously agreed that injustice to one is injustice to all, thereby standing with Mitchel Obi. This was contained in a communique of the Emergency Congress jointly signed by Fred Edoreh, Chairman, Lagos SWAN, Emma Njoku, Secretary, and Dapo Sotuminu, Chairman, Communique Drafting Committee, which stated as follows:
“The Lagos SWAN affirmed that Mr. Mitchel Obi is a qualified journalist duly registered with and recognized by the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) and an up to date member of SWAN, condemned all contrary insinuations on the membership status of Mr. Obi being mischievously, dishonourably and irresponsibly propagated by Mr. Honour Sirawoo for his selfish interest.
“The congress condemned the move by Mr. Sirawoo, acting alone, to disparage and disrepute the body of Nigerian Sports journalists and embarrassing the public by writing to the AIPS that Nigeria has no candidate for the AIPS election and further personally calling the President of the AIPS to declare that the highly reputed Mr. Mitchel Obi is not a qualified journalist.
“Lagos SWAN condemned the arbitrariness of Mr. Honour Sirawoo’s decision to make Nigeria lose the presidency of AIPS Africa without consideration for national interest. We condemned the dictatorial style of leadership by which Mr. Sirawoo took all the decisions without consultation with and usurping the authority of the National Executive Committee.
“We condemned the bad governance of Mr. Sirawoo in disrespecting and disregarding all appeals by the leaders of its parent body, the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), the leadership of SWAN at various levels, including me,bears of NEC, and top sports personalities, to rethink his wrong and false position.