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[rpd] Call for interest for PDWG chairs closed & Way forward

Paul Wollner paul.wollner at
Thu Apr 8 06:46:46 UTC 2021

Dear community,

Due to the recent issue raised on the nomination of Wijdane Goubi and Anthony Ubah and the slight confusion regarding their nominators, I would like to clarify the whole situation to enlighten the community of the circumstances that have led to it and to avoid any misjudgments and further untrue accusations. I have been approached by these two young fellow Africans. I feel that they are passionate and energetic and I have personally reached out to potential nominators to get their consent on nominating Wijdane Goubi and Anthony Ubah, since these two young individuals have shown an interest in running for the co-chair position and have asked for my help to acquaint them to Afrinic Resource members that will be willing to take care of the nomination part.

I misunderstood their willingness. I owe to all the individuals implicated in this huge misunderstanding, along with the community, an apology for this unintentional confusion.

Therefore, I will now be nominating Wijdane and Anthony myself so as to exclude the previous nominators from this scenario and not ruin both of the nominees opportunity and experience to participate in a fair and inclusive elections process.


---- On Tue, 06 Apr 2021 16:59:10 +0200 Saul Stein <saul at> wrote ----

Dear All,


Firstly none of those nominations have seconders… that section was blank for 2 out of the 5.

AFRINIC haven’t confirmed that the nominators are valid, in my view that should have been done before the email below should have been sent.


It has been confirmed below that there was one fraudulent entry. I have now confirmed a second one and I suspect a third.


Please can these verifications be done and the community updated.


If the nominees have indeed wanted to run with fake nominators, I’d suggest that they banned from participation as clearly the interests of the community are not the driving force.


And we wonder why we can’t get anywhere when people putting up their hand to lead are doing so unjustly.


Volunteering is about putting the needs to others in front of your own agenda.




From: AFRINIC Policy Liaison <mailto:policy-liaison at>
Sent: Monday, 05 April 2021 20:42
To: mailto:rpd at
Subject: Re: [rpd] Call for interest for PDWG chairs closed & Way forward


[Français en bas]

Dear PDWG,

The Call of Interest for the PDWG Co-Chairs Selection pursuant to Section 3.3 of CPM is now closed. 

1.      List of nominees

AFRINIC is in receipt of  six (6) nominations which are as follows :-

1.Wijdane Goubi from Morocco, Country of Residence: Morocco  

2. Anthony Ikechukwu Ubah from Nigeria, Country of Residence: Canada 

3. Vincent Ngundi from Kenya, Country of Residence: Kenya 

4. Abdulkarim Oloyede from Nigeria, Country of Residence: Nigeria 

5. Darwin Da Costa from Angola, Country of Residence: Angola 

6. Ibeanusi Elvis from Nigeria, Country of Residence: Japan

2.                  Additional elements

a.                   Nominee - Ibeanusi Elvis

This nomination which was received as a self-nomination appeared to have been made later than the deadline. This was due to a back-end issue on self-nomination forms that was addressed during the day today. We confirm that the nomination has been posted on the system within the deadline.  

b.      Nominee - Widjane Goubi

In regard to  the nominee,  Wijdane Goubi, kindly note that on the 5th of April 2021, AFRINIC has been informed by an email sent from the designated nominator on the nomination paper that the latter never provided its support to the said nomination.  He has therefore requested AFRINIC to delete all its associated personal data in connection thereof. In this respect, and  to comply with the Mauritian Data Protection Act 2017, AFRINIC has a duty to cause such deletion forthwith and you are accordingly informed of the same. “


3. Tenure of Office

We would like to remind the Working Group that  as stated in Section 3.3 of the Consolidated Policy Manual, one Co-Chair  will serve a term ending by the PPM to be held in June 2021 only whereas the other will serve a term ending in June 2022.

 4.  Next Steps

Now that the Call for Interests is closed, the next step is for the Working Group to find consensus on the most suitable persons to replace the recalled PDWG Co-Chairs. 

This exercise, including the carrying out of such due diligence and shortlisting of candidates/nominees, would under normal circumstances be carried out by the Nomination Committee (NomCom). 

For your information, the present NomCom has indicated that they would be available to conduct such exercise only from April 8th 2021. With only 6 candidates, we will leave the decision on the best way of carrying out the due diligence and shortlisting process to the PDWG participants. 

We therefore request you to agree on how the Working Group would like to proceed with the selection of the 2 replacing PDWG’s Co-Chairs. 

Kind Regards

Policy Liaison Team


Cher PDWG,

L'appel à manifestation d'intérêt pour la sélection des coprésidents du PDWG conformément à la section 3.3 de la CPM est désormais terminé.

1.      Liste des nominés

AFRINIC a reçu six (6) candidatures qui sont les suivantes : 

1.Wijdane Goubi du Maroc, Pays de résidence : Maroc  

2. Anthony Ikechukwu Ubah du Nigeria, Pays de résidence : Canada

3. Vincent Ngundi du Kenya, Pays de résidence : Kenya

4. Abdulkarim Oloyede du Nigeria, Pays de résidence : Nigeria

5. Darwin Da Costa de l'Angola, Pays de résidence : Angola

6. Ibeanusi Elvis du Nigeria, Pays de résidence : Japon


2. Éléments supplémentaires

a.                   Candidat - Ibeanusi Elvis

Cette nomination, qui a été reçue en tant qu'auto-nomination, semblait avoir été faite au-delà de la date limite. Cela était dû à un problème de back-end sur les formulaires d'auto-nomination qui a été résolu aujourd'hui dans la journée. Nous confirmons que la nomination a été postée dans le système dans les délais impartis.  

b.      Candidat - Widjane Goubi

En ce qui concerne la candidate, Wijdane Goubi, veuillez noter que le 5 avril 2021, l'AFRINIC a été informée par un courriel envoyé par son prétendu nominateur que ce dernier n'a jamais apporté son soutien à ladite candidature. Il  a donc demandé à l'AFRINIC de supprimer toutes les données personnelles associées à cette candidature. À cet égard, et pour se conformer à la loi mauricienne sur la protection des données de 2017, AFRINIC a le devoir de procéder à ladite suppression sans délai et vous en êtes par conséquent informé.



3. Durée du mandat

Nous souhaitons rappeler au groupe de travail que, comme indiqué à la section 3.3 du CPM, l'un des co-présidents exercera son mandat jusqu'à la PPM qui se tiendra en juin 2021 seulement, tandis que l'autre exercera son mandat jusqu'en juin 2022.

 4.  Prochaines étapes

Maintenant que l'appel à manifestation d'intérêt est terminé, la prochaine étape consiste pour le groupe de travail à trouver un consensus sur les personnes les plus aptes à remplacer les coprésidents du PDWG destitués.

Cet exercice, qui comprend la réalisation d'une évaluation diligente et la sélection des candidats nominés, sera normalement effectué par le comité de nomination (NomCom).

Pour votre information, le NomCom actuel a indiqué qu'il ne serait disponible pour mener cet exercice qu'à partir du 8 avril 2021. Avec seulement 6 candidats, nous laisserons aux participants du PDWG le soin de décider de la meilleure façon de mener à bien le processus de sélection en faisant preuve de diligence raisonnable.

Nous vous demandons donc de vous accorder sur la manière dont le groupe de travail pourrait procéder à la sélection des deux coprésidents remplaçants du PDWG.

Nos Salutations 

Policy Liaison Team



AFRINIC Policy Liaison.

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