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As CAN Presidency Draws Nearer

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Posted: Apr 17, 2016 at 3:50 am   /   by   /   comments (1)


As all is set for the forth coming national election of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), with the tempo seemingly cooling off, some observers are of the opinion that except for the spiritual leading of the electoral council, that it may not be a walk in the park for either of the two presidential candidates- Reverend Dr. Jeremiah Gado and Professor Joseph Otubu, to outwit the other and occupy the seat after the serving president, Pastor Ayo Oritsejeafor. Why? The two aspirants are both believed to have strong backings of those in their blocs and circle of influence.

63-year-old Rev. Gado, who is an indigene of Gombe and the president of Evangelical Church Of West Africa renamed Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA), is the choice candidate among the representatives of the Northern based Denominations, which makes up the Tarayya Ekklesiyoyin Kristi A Nigeria (TEKAN) and ECWA bloc of CAN. His counterpart, 69-year-old Prof. Otubu, who hails from Delta state is the candidate endorsed by majority of the Organisation of African Instituted Churches (OAIC) bloc.

As known, since the inception of the religious body in 1976 and the emergence of the first president, His Grace Cardinal Anthony Okogie in November 1988, the two blocs have not at anytime produced a president unlike the other three blocs, Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN), which consists of the Catholic Churches in Nigeria, that produced the first president ; Christian Council of Nigeria (CCN), which comprises of Anglican, Methodist, Baptist Churches, Four Square, Presbyterian, Eternal Sacred Order of Cherubium and Seraphim, Church of The Aladura and other orthodox Churches and the Christian Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (CPFN)/ Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), a congregation of Pentecostal Churches in Nigeria.

Some weeks ago, Prof. Otubu won the OAIC primary election, defeating the former vice president of CAN, Most Reverend Daniel Okoh with four to three votes.
Archbishop Magnus Atilade, Current Chairman of CAN, South-West Zone was allegedly disqualified from the OAIC primary due to old age, as he is said to be above 70, which did not go down well with his supporters from the South West.
Also, Rev. Gado during the TEKAN/ECWA primary election defeated Very Reverend Jerry Madibo, president of Evangelical Reformed Church of Christ (ERCC) by 15 votes to seven.
According to reports, the TEKAN/ECWA primary was almost halted when one of the bloc leaders, Dr. Emmanuel Dziggau, president of The United Church Of Christ in Nigeria (UCC) alongside other clergies, Rev. Iliya Anto and Rev. Yakubu Zarman were whisked away by masked gunmen during the clearing of the church’s seminary land at some 17km off the Kaduna/Abuja expressway.
Even as the tempo for who gets to wear the ‘presidential robe’ sets in, there are concerns from some quarters on the tribal and individual sentiments taking centre stage in the election. And how possible to have the alleged dented image of the body of clergies revamped amongst other concerns?
However, Independent Sunday got reactions from some leaders of the group on the matters arising.