CAN President, Ayo Oritsejafor

CAN President, Ayo Oritsejafor

Like Obasanjo, Like Oritsejafor: Group Plans To Thwart Move To Insert Third Term Into CAN Constitution


Fresh trouble is brewing in the already balkernized Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) over plot by controversial President Ayo Oritsejafor, to insert a third term clause into the constitution of the religious organization.

However, it was gathered that interest groups within the organisation are battle ready to stop Oritsejafor from having his way. Already, officials of the Association throughout the country are ready to make sure that Oritsejafor’s third term bid fails during CAN’s meeting schedule to hold in Abuja on Tuesday (today).

A source in the know revealed to Newsdairyonline that “the current President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor has commenced move to amend the constitution of the Christian body with aim to give room for third term tenure”.

Newsdiaryonline gathered that the CAN President is also nursing the idea of being a lifetime Chairman of board of trustees should the third term agenda fail to scale through at Tuesday’s meeting in Abuja.
An inside source, told our Correspondent that “Already, the CAN President and his team have drafted the constitution to create more blocks in CAN so that the third term bid for Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor can be realized or he becomes life Board Chairman of the CAN.”

“If the agenda did not go through, they (CAN officials) would postpone the election till further notice.

“I am saying this so that Christian leaders would know the antics of the CAN President,” said our source.

“Pastor Ayo is scared of facing trial over his involvement in the Arms deal and other financial scandals and want to hide under CAN, that is why he does not want to leave  office.”

“He does not want to be investigated by President Muhammadu Buhari and wants to remain in CAN to get Christians’ support and sentiment; that is why he is pushing for constitutional amendment now knowing that his tenure will soon expire in less than five months.

“Already, there is clause in the current constitution that forbid any amendment until a Six month notice is given to all the blocs of CAN. So, there is no way we can review the constitution now,” said our source.

Other Christian leaders who did not want their names mentioned for now have threaten to take legal action should Pastor Ayo insist or induce State representatives to vote in favor of his illegal and unpopular constitutional amendment during Tuesday’s meeting.

Another option according to our source is to mobilize like -mind Christian leaders to form a new Christian body that will stand for truth and righteousness, if Oritsejafor succeeds in his 3rd term bid.

The Chairman of the Northern chapter of CAN, Professor Daniel Babaye confirmed to our correspondent that a constitution amendment is being considered but said he is not aware of the third term clause in the plan.

“We had our northern CAN NEC meeting.We also know that the new draft constitution will recognize Northern and Southern CAN but for the third term? No, it would not even scale through,” he said.

It will be recalled that president Oritsejafor has serve CAN for two terms as the president of the Association.

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