Assemblies of God: Re-Election of GS and Crisis of Leadership

Dec 20, 2018

The re-elected Bishop, middle, flanked by his wife and other church leaders during the council meeting.

By Odogwu Emeka Odogwu

The leadership crisis rocking Assemblies of God Church, Nigeria, may be nearing solution. This followed the re-election of Rev. Dr Chidi Okoroafor as its General Superintendent for another term of four years.

The cleric recently got re-elected during the 36th General Council Meeting of the Church held at its Evangel Camp located at KM 48 Enugu/Abakaliki Expressway, Okpoto/Ntezi in Ebonyi State.

Okoroafor polled a total of 5,990 votes to clinch victory while the first and second runners-up in the election, Rev. Ejikeme Ejim, tes respectively. Five other clerics polled different vote figures.

Aside the position of General Superintendent, other officers of the church such as the position of the Assistant General Superintendent, General Secretary, General Treasurer, among others were also elected.

According to the electoral committee (Tellers Committee) chaired by Hon. Justice Onyiri Frank of the Rivers State Judiciary, a total of 10,145delegates were to vote in the elections.

In the case of the General Superintendent, the Tellers Committee disclosed that the total votes cast were 6,782 while 4,521 votes were required in that poll to determine the winner.

Okoroafor was first elected by the General Council in 2014 and had, according to the members of the church, led the church meritoriously,hence prompting his re-election to retain his position.

It was gathered that there was neither formal declaration of interest by those whose names appeared on the ballot papers nor purchase of forms. Theywere written by the delegates who felt they could occupy the same post.

In his speech, Rev. Okoroafor thanked the delegates for expressing the confidence they had in his leadership through the ballot, pledging to do more for the growth of the Church.



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