The two time a president of Nigeria Taekwondo Federation has expressed shock on the inability of Nigeria delegation to the just concluded General Assembly of African Taekwondo Union to vote for him in the elective congress.
Nnaji was under the impression that he was in the running for re-election, but only realised at the September 9 assembly that his own country did not vote for him. Instead, Egyptian and Ugandan officials were handed a letter of proxy from the NTF.
“I was shocked to learn that the President of Nigerian Taekwondo Federation, George Ashiru, gave an Egyptian and a Ugadan a proxy letter to vote for Nigeria since he was not coming to Egypt because of Taekwondo duties in Nigeria,” Nnaji confirmed.
“I told Ashiru that I was going for the election and he wished me well before I left. I was shocked when other officials asked if truly I was a Nigerian when proxy letters from Nigeria were upheld for them to vote for Nigeria. I thank God that I was re-elected but the shock still remains because I served as President of Nigerian Taekwondo Federation for eight years.”
However George Ashiru, the NTF President, stated that Nnaji told him that he would run for re-election independently.
“He told me informally but did not make it official by writing. He sought financial help from the NSC and they told him he should route his request through his Federation.
“He did not. The DG of NSC, Tunde Elegbeleye is aware of this. I did not go for the election because of the visit of the Kukkiwon Demonstration team in Nigeria and the Korean Ambassador Championships which coincided with the election date,” Ashiru said.