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How Ayokunle emerged as CAN President

President of the Nigerian Baptist Convention (NBC) and candidate of the Christian Council of Nigeria, CCN, Rev. Samson Olasupo Adeniyi Ayokunle, has emerged the new president of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN). Ayokunle defeated Elder Joseph Otubu of the Motailatu Church Cherubim and Seraphim Movement (MCCSW) who represented the Organisation of African Instituted Churches, OAIC, with 57 votes to 28.
The outgoing president of the body, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, announced the result of the election at about 2:30 p.m. to rousing applause of National Executive Council delegates from different parts of the country who had converged at the National Christian Centre in Central Business District of Abuja. By the CAN constitution, Prof. Joseph Otubu, who emerged runner-up in the elections automatically becomes the Vice President of the Association for the next three years when sworn in.
In his acceptance speech, the president-elect of CAN acknowledged that the task ahead is enormous and therefore urged the Christian gathering to bury their hatchets and team up with his soon-to-be sworn in administration to ensure the peace and progress of Christianity in the country.
Suing for unity in the speech entitled, “My Vision for CAN”, Rev. Ayokunle said: “I am aspiring to lead Christian Association of Nigeria so as to be able to facilitate an atmosphere where the member churches of CAN can have a more effective fellowship and dialogue on Christian faith, its defence in Nigeria and all over the world.
”I intend to facilitate a fellowship where love flows and peace prevails in all the member churches.
“To this end, all would be done to see that CAN is a united body and all wrangling within the body would be addressed for unity of purpose. This would be priority number one.”

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