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Monday, 11 July 2016

CAN: We stand by Ayokunle’s election, says Methodist Church

The Methodist Church Nigeria has said it has not withdrawn support for the President of the Nigerian Baptist Convention, Dr. Samson Ayokunle, as the Christian Association of Nigeria President-elect.

The church, which said there was certainly no basis for the disruption of his inauguration, said the fact that its former Prelate and ex-President of CAN, Dr. Sunday Mbang, hosted a meeting to review the last election which produced Ayokunle as winner, did not translate to the church withdrawing its support for Ayokunle.
The Prelate of the church, Dr. Kanu Uche, made the clarification in a statement by the Director of Media and Public Relations of the church, Oladapo Daramola, on Sunday.
According to him, the Methodist Church voted for Ayokunle, who contested on the platform of the Christian Council of Nigeria, one of the blocs that makes up CAN.
He said this was “even in the face of reports in the media that some past leaders of the Christian body are planning to scuttle his inauguration.”
Uche said, “We went into the election, which, to me, remained 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 Ayokunle was clearly overwhelming through the ballot.
“Weeks after the election, nobody is crying foul about 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, Dr. 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.
“We stand by what we did as we have not contravened any section or part of the constitution of CAN neither have we gone against the spirit of oneness, which we stand for. I believe that the past leaders are only looking at some of the fallouts of the election, which is normal, but not to scuttle the inauguration of the newly- elected President.”
Meanwhile, CAN  on Sunday joined the global community in condemning the violence in Saudi Arabia and United States, demanding that the perpetrators should “desist from such because no good thing comes out of violence.”
The association’s position was contained in a statement by its President-elect, Dr. Samson Ayokunle, on behalf of the President of CAN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, in Abuja on Sunday.