February 24, 2024

The Most Rev. Daniel Okoh has been chosen to serve as the Christian Association of Nigeria’s new president (CAN).

In a communiqué on Tuesday, CAN spokesman Joseph Daramola made this claim.

Okoh, the general supervisor of Christ Holy Church, commonly known as Nation Builders, was born in Kano State (Odozi-Obodo).

The Organization of African Instituted Churches (OAIC), Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN), Christian Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (CPFN)/Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), and Christian Council of Nigeria (CCN) (TEKAN and ECWA Fellowship) make up CAN .

On July 27, the association is slated to conduct its general meeting, which would inaugurate the new leadership.

The assembly also signifies Samson Olusupo-departure Ayokunle’s from office.

The story that has been going about that the Most Rev. Daniel Okoh has become the new President of the Christian Association of Nigeria has caught the attention of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) leadership (CAN).

The announcement, according to sources, was made in a statement released on Tuesday in Abuja by Barrister Joseph Daramola, general secretary of the CAN. Nothing is more false than that.

For the record, Daramola is the General Secretary, not the Association’s spokesperson.

The letter in question was the invitation letter addressed to the Association’s leaders of the blocs and members of the National Executive Council to conclude the steps necessary to elect the new President.

Before the new President takes office, the National Executive Council and the General Assembly must ratify the nominee’s candidacy in accordance with Article 17 (9) viii-xi of the CAN Constitution. Thus, the procedure is still in progress and will be finished on Thursday.

The Most Rev Okoh has indeed been declared the winner by the Electoral College, but the National Executive Council and the General Assembly still need to ratify this.

It may be necessary to state what the Constitution says regarding the remaining steps:

“The candidate who receives the majority vote of the Electoral College for each office shall be recommended to the National Executive Council,” states Article 17 (9) (viii).

The National Executive Council shall accept the suggested candidates for the offices of President and Vice President and present them to the General Assembly for ratification by the majority of votes cast by those eligible to vote in the General Assembly, according to Article 17 (9) ix.

The procedure in paragraphs (4), (5), (6), and (8) hereof shall be repeated by the Electoral College to examine the fitness or otherwise of all the candidates based upon the arguments advanced by those who opposed the candidature, according to Article 17 (9) x. Depending on the majority vote of its members, the Electoral College may or may not substitute any candidate for any seat.

A combined meeting of the Electoral College and the President-in-Council of the Association will examine the issue(s) and make a final decision from among all the nominated candidates for the office in the event of a deadlock, in which case the candidate represented is rejected by the General Assembly, according to Article 17 (9) xi.

On July 28, CAN will host its General Assembly, during which the public will be introduced to the new President.

Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, the media assistant to His Eminence, Rev. Dr. Samson Ayokunle, President of the CAN, signed the letter.

The supreme Christian church will host a general assembly on Wednesday to inaugurate the new leadership. Rev. Samson Olusupo Ayokunle, the outgoing president, will leave office following the assembly.

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Okoh, commonly known as Nation Builders, is the general superintendent of Christ Holy Church (Odozi-Obodo). He was raised a Christian and is a native of Ndoni in the Rivers region’s Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area. He was born on November 12, 1963, in Kano.

Okoh and Ngozi have four children together and are blessed. In Onitsha, Anambra, he went to Dennis Memorial Grammar School. The clergyman earned his degree in political science and education in 1988 from the University of Port Harcourt, where he had also studied.

 

The religious leader received a Theology diploma from Christ Holy Church Seminary in Onitsha. Okoh served as CAN National Vice-President, Nigerian National President of the Organization of African Instituted Churches (OAIC), and Chairman of the OAIC (2007-2013).

One of the six delegates that represented CAN at the National Political Reform Conference in 2005 was the archbishop. Sa’ad Abubakar, the Sultan of Sokoto, and Okoh, a board member of the African Council of Religious Leaders, will now co-chair the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC).

Okoh will serve as the new president of CAN.

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