30 July 2007

Nigeria: Okoh Emerges CAN Vice-President

Lagos — The President, Organisation of African Instituted Churches, Archbishop Daniel Okoh, has been elected vice president of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).

Okoh defeated the former vice-president, Bishop Mike Okonkwo of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission with 51 votes to 10 votes.

CAN General Secretary, Samuel Salifu told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that the election took place last Wednesday at the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of CAN.

He said a report received at the meeting from the Electoral College showed that Okoh and Okonkwo polled 11 votes and four votes respectively to emerge as top contenders for the election.

At its July 6 meeting in Abuja, the General Assembly of the Association had rejected Anglican Archbishop Peter Akinola as vice-president.

The assembly ratified Catholic Archbishop John Onayeikan as president.

Akinola, former President of CAN at the June 20 election, lost to Onayeikan with 72 votes to 33 votes to emerge president.

The July 6 assembly was expected to ratify the election of the president and his deputy, but the house was divided over the return of Akinola.

After a heated debate, the 304-member General Assembly referred the matter to the Electoral College and tasked it to shop for a replacement for Akinola.

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