FCT SWAN Election Hots Up, As Odogwu SWANECO Releases Electoral Guidelines

By Sunday Agunbiade (Mr VAR)

All is set for the Unified Sports Writers’ Association of Nigeria (SWAN), FCT  Chapter election, as Sales of nomination forms have begun in the capital city.

Confirming this in Abuja,  the Chairman of the Electoral Committee Patrick Ngwaogu (Odogwu) said the revalidation of membership has been completed, and the response and cooperation received was tremendous and overwhelming. 

He said that sales of form began on Monday, 1st April, and the enthusiasm of contestants is second to none. 

He said that forms are expected to be returned on or before the 14th of April.

It would be recalled that the appointment of the former Vice Chairman of the FCT Football Association, Patrick Ngwaogu (Odogwu) as SWANECO Chairman was announced by the National President of  SWAN, Isaiah Benjamin earlier in March at a Congress attended by members of the Association. Other members of the Electoral body include:

Edwin Akwue
Mike Ndidi
Akin Bolarinwa
Modupe Oyewale
While Aniete Patrick will serve as Secretary

The President had said that the appointment of Odogwu would allow him to serve the Association in line with the responsibilities of the office as indicated in the SWAN Statute. 

He said that with his experience as a journalist and sports administrator, he expects him to organize a credible election that will unite the sports writers in FCT.

The President enjoined the appointees to justify the confidence reposed on them by the SWAN by contributing their quota to the growth of the Association. Odogwu has served as a member of past SWANECO.

The Committee  has since released the time table electoral timetable and guidelines which are as thus:


1. Revalidation/Registration of FCT SWAN Members (4-30 March 2024)
2. Sales of Nomination Forms (1st April)
3. Closing of Sales of Forms (14th April)
4. Online Display  of list of interested candidates (15th April)
5. Screening of Interested candidates(16th April)
6. Display of Successful Candidates List (16th April)
7. Claims and Objections (18th April)
8) Hearing of Appeals (21st April)
9) Final Display of List of Candidates (21st April)
10. Presentation of Manifesto (25th April)
11. Election/Declaration of Successful Candidates (26th April)
12. Swearing In and Handing over (26th April)
Patrick Ngwaogu (Odogwu) who is the CEO of Exclusivenews Newspaper was the former Sporting Director of Abia Warriors of Umuahia.

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