Chris Steven, Abuja
The Patriotic Christian Youths Association of Nigeria (PCYN) has called the bluff of those calling for the cancelation of the just conducted election that produced President of Baptist Convention of Nigeria, Reverend Supo Ayokunle as the President of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).
The youths body which is an affiliate of CAN insisted that there was no division in the body describing those calling for the cancelation of the election results as disgruntled former CAN leaders who have are trying to find a place in its leadership.
This followed calls for the cancelation of the election by some aggrieved members of CAN on the ground that certain candidate was not allowed to take part in the election held on Tuesday June 14 at the National Christian Center, Abuja where Revd. Ayokunle emerged as new CAN President.
Addressing a press conference in Abuja on Thursday, President of PCYN, Evangelist Simon Timothy Nasso said no CAN leader prevented any candidate from participating in the election.
The Christian Youths leader said PCYN was happy with the outcome of the election noting that it has put to rest, the tension and agitation that characterized the process.
He said “they have lost touch with CAN and have been looking for an opportunity to create a faction. They are persons who feel a Northern government in Nigeria should have a Northern CAN leadership.
Evangelist Passo who commented on a threat that the Northern bloc would break away from CAN as a result of the outcome of the election said those maintaining such position are only deceiving themselves.
His words :” The Bible is very explicit about evidence of those trying to tear the church apart; some claimed to be for Apostle Paul while others Barnabas. For the record, there is no Northern or Southern CAN in the current CAN constitution. The CAN constitution provides for the states and the geo-political zones for ease of administration only.
Those telling you that the North will break out of CAN are just deceiving the public. They are not in the CAN Constitution in the first place, if we must say the truth, they are a set of disgruntled former CAN leaders and their supporters who are trying to find a place of leadership in CAN.
They have lost touch with CAN and have been looking for an opportunity to create a faction. They are persons who feel a Northern Government in Nigeria should have a Northern CAN leadership. For your information, all the statutory leaders of CAN in Northern Nigeria were at the CAN election; the Zonal and State Chairmen were all present.
All the people calling for the cancellation of the election to give room for further meetings and reconciliation are just deceiving the public because beside their interest in a particular candidate, they have no legal right to attend any of the meetings they are calling for. All the meetings in CAN are well defined in the constitution and they are not part of any.
He also cleared the air about the Catholic Church ‘s threat to pull out of CAN after the election noting that 10 delegates of the Catholic Church were all at the election that produced Revd. Ayokunle noting however that the Catholic Church representatives abstained from voting.
It is true that the Catholic Secretariat bloc through the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria wrote a letter to the CAN President demanding for a meeting to be held and some issues regarding the elections are resolves before election.
The leadership of CAN, understanding the need for peaceful resolution of issues and appreciating the importance of the Catholic bloc’s participation, agreed that the CAN NEC will sit and resolve the grievances of the Catholic bloc before the commencement of the election.
At the meeting, special opportunity was given to the Catholic bloc who was fully represented in the meeting, but the most unfortunate aspect of the whole issues is that the leader of the Catholic bloc who is also the President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria who signed the letter was represented in the meeting as it has always been the case.
Unfortunately the representative came with a standing order that they were free to participate in the meeting but must abstain from voting if election will be conducted. Notwithstanding, the CAN leadership gave the Catholic bloc the opportunity to express their feelings which the Bishop’s Representative did quite well and members responded with convincing position but the 10 delegates from Catholic could not vote because they couldn’t reach the Bishops with the result before the end of the meeting “Evangelist Nasso said