altSeptember 23 - Sani Ndanusa has been appointed as the new President of the Nigerian Olympic Committee (NOC) - for the second time in less than a week.

The Loughborough University graduate had been elected last Friday (September 17) but the International Olympic Committee (IOC) refused to recognise the poll.

Ndanusa, however, was elected unopposed this time after former President Habu Gumel and current Sports Minister Ibrahim Bio decided not to stand in elections overseen by IOC observer Mustapha Berraf, the Algerian who is the first vice-president of Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA).

"We have resolved all our issues," Gumel told Bio during the meeting.

"We are going to work together hand in hand."

Ndanusa, 53, obtained an MSc in Waste and Water Engineering from Loughborough University before returning to Nigeria where he worked for the Niger State Water Board.

He was appointed Minister of Youths, Sports and Social Development in December 2008 but left office in March 2010 when Acting President Goodluck Jonathan dissolved his cabinet before entering politics.

Ndanusa was vice-president of the Nigerian Tennis Federation (NTF) for four years, and was appointed President of the NTF in 2001 and has been a vice-president of the Confederation of Africa Tennis since 2003.

In the vice-president poll, Jonathan Nnaji defeated Lanre Glover by 21 votes to 11 to retain his position, while Tunde Popoola beat Banji Oladapo by the same margin to become the new NOC Secretary.

Austin Edeze, the President of the weightlifting federation withdrew to pave way for Chief Solomon Ogba to emerge the second vice-president.

The outgoing public relations officer, Tony Nezianya withdrew to allow Tony Ubani to take over the role.

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