It was an election that witnessed large turnout in the history of the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) with all the delegates present in Adamawa State, northeastern part of Nigeria. The competitiveness of the poll also prompted the Nigeria’s Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung to be present.

Seven of the eight posts in contention were keenly contested for by eligible individuals on December 20, 2018.

Even when the incumbent President of NOC, Engr Habu Gummel was returned unopposed, seven other posts saw friends going up against each other.

Olabanji Oladapo, who is a member of ITTF Board of Directors (BOD) and the Deputy President of African Table Tennis Federation (ATTF) returned to the seat he vacated eight years ago as the Secretary General of the Nigeria’s national Olympic body.

Olabanji Oladapo, who is an astute sports administrator competed against the incumbent Secretary General, Babatunde Popoola and at the end of the poll, Olabanji Oladapo was declared the winner after polling 22 votes to his opponent’s 12votes. He was instantly announced as the new scribe of NOC.

Another plus for table tennis was in the election of 3rd Vice President of NOC which was contested for by the President of the Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF), Ishaku Tikon and a former President of the Nigeria Handball Federation (HFN) Dauda Yusuf. With 19 votes to 16, Ishaku Tikon was elected as the 3rd Vice President for polling the highest votes.

Other members elected are Solomon Ogba as 1st Vice President, Francis Obih as 2nd Vice President, Muhammed Abdullahi as Deputy Secretary General, Bappa Aliyu as Treasurer and Phemmy Adetula as PRO.

Olabandji Oladapo has described his election as challenging particularly with the below-par performance of Nigeria at the Olympic Games. “I think my return is a call to serve again and I believe it is going to be challenging having occupied the seat in the past and I am not coming in as a new person but with the intention of exceeding what I had done in the past. It is indeed a clarion call from the stakeholders in Nigerian sports and I hope my experience will come in handy to reverse the fortune of Nigeria at the Olympic Games. For me I am indeed humbled by the huge support I got from delegates at the election and this has put me on another pedestal to raise the bar,” he said.