The Moshood Abiola National stadium was sparked up when the Table Tennis fraternity came together to elect a zonal chairman for the Federation.
Mr. Ekanem Ekpenyong
During accreditation, Mr. Ekanem Ekpenyong, the State Chairman of Cross River state Basketball Federation emerged with a letter from the Sports commission introducing himself as a representative of the Tennis state Association and announced to the accreditation officers, that he got instruction from Governor Ayade to come to Abuja to stop Hon Orok Duke from representing the state.
Documents Ekanem presented to the electoral commission
The new development sparked heavy arguments and altercations as Ekanem was roundly rough-handled by Cross Riverians and delegates living in Abuja, who were pissed by what they perceive as a high level and display of treachery and betrayal as seen in a news reportage on TVC News.
Credit: TVC News
The delegates were wondering how a man that has nothing to do with table tennis should be a delegate to an election of the table tennis Federation.
To the amazement of everyone, the electoral commission took verbal instruction from Mr. Ekanem Ekpenyong.
Ekanem's trouble grew when he instructed the police and other security men to send table tennis enthusiasts who came to witness the election away from the venue. This got the enthusiasts angered as he was roughly manhandled and handed over to the police from Wuye police Division.
Ekanem Ekpenyong was back after two hours from the police with a different letter of support for a Bayelsa aspirant, while he insisted that Chief Orok Duke accreditation should be canceled on the ground that it is not endorsed by the Cross River state government.
Chief Orok Duke
Surprisingly, Chief Orok Duke took the whole drama with philosophical calmness and equanimity as he intervened and saved Ekanem from being lynched by Cross Riverian and table tennis enthusiasts after doing the hatchet job in Abuja.
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