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New CAN president remains Methodist church’s choice, says prelate

By Chris Irekamba
08 July 2016   |   2:59 am
The leadership of the Methodist Church, Nigeria has reiterated the church’s support for the newly elected President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Supo Ayokunle.
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The leadership of the Methodist Church, Nigeria has reiterated the church’s support for the newly elected President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Supo Ayokunle.

In a statement by its Director of Media and Public Relations, Rev. Oladapo Daramola, the church declared its support for Ayokunle, who is the President of the Nigerian Baptist Convention, on the platform of the Christian Council of Nigeria (CCN), one of the blocs that make up the CAN.

The statement was issued following reports in the media that some past leaders of the Christian body are planning to scuttle the new CAN president’s inauguration on July 20, 2016.

Quoting the Prelate, His Eminence Samuel Chukwuemeka Kanu Uche, the statement reads in part: “We went into the election, which to me remains one of the most credible in the history of CAN as one entity. Every candidate was given equal chance to make his case at the National Executive Council meeting where voting took place, and the choice of Rev. Dr Supo Ayokunle was clearly overwhelming through the ballot.

“Weeks after the election, nobody is crying foul or injustice because the position of all the blocs were given due consideration and fairly treated. The fact that our revered father and one of the church’s Prelate Emeritus, His Eminence Sunday Mbang was quoted in the media report as one of the leaders meeting to review what happened does not in any way suggest that Methodist Church Nigeria is backing down or withdrawing support for the elected CAN leadership.