Ayokunle reelected CAN president

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has re-elected Revd. Samson Ayokunle for another 3-year term.

According to a report by The Nation, Ayokunle, who is of the Nigerian Baptist Convention, defeated his only challenger, Revd. Dr Caleb Ahima, with 59 votes against 44 votes. However, Revd. Ahima, the leader of TEKAN/ECWA Fellowship of Churches of Christ in Nigeria, automatically becomes the Vice President of the umbrella Christian body in accordance with CAN’s constitution.

The voting was a keenly contested one in contrast to his 2016 election where Rev. Ayokunle defeated his rival, Joseph Otubu of the Motailatu Church Cherubim and Seraphim Movement (MCCSW) with 54 votes to 28

Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Most Revd. Matthew Kukah, was the returning officer for the keenly contested poll. Vanguard recalls that Ayokunle was first elected CAN President for an initial tenure of three years in June 2016. His victory on Tuesday gives him a renewed mandate lasting till 2022.

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