Baptist Ayokunle emerges as CAN president
President of the Nigerian Baptist Convention (NBC) Rev Dr Supo Ayokunle yesterday emerged new national president of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).
Ayokunle defeated Elder Prof. Joseph Otubu of the Motailatu Church Cherubim and Seraphim Movement (MCCSW) with 54 to 28 votes.
Ayokunle earlier won the Electoral College votes 8-2 some weeks ago.
He won again yesterday during the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the apex Christian body.
The electoral process was almost disrupted when some delegates belonging to the TEKAN/ECWA bloc of CAN claimed there was a court order against the exercise.
A shouting order prevailed for about ten minutes before frayed nerves were calmed.
The delegates later staged a walk-out, claiming the process was already compromised.
They claimed that the president of Ever Church Winning All(ECWA) Rev Dr Jeremiah Gado was duly nominated and should have contested the election.
Our correspondent, who was the venue of the election, also observed that at least five delegates of the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN) walked out of the venue.
They were believed to be carrying out the withdrawal threat of the bloc from the national body.
Outgoing president of the body, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor announced the result around 2:30pm to a rousing applause at the Ecumenical Centre, Abuja.
As soon as the results were announced, delegates from the Christian Council of Nigeria (CCN), which Ayokunle’s church belongs to moved to congratulate him.
With the result, Otubu automatically become the vice president of the body.