With less than 48 hours to the election in the
Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), to pick
new national leaders, indications emerged on
Monday night that security agents may be
planning to arrest its incumbent President,
Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor and some other key
The planned move according to sources may be
executed during the National Executive Council
(NEC) meeting of the association.
Others said to be on the list include General
Secretary of CAN, Rev. Musa Asake and CAN
Director of National Issues, Elder Sunday Oibe in
a move that would play out in favour of certain
aggrieved parties in the contest.
CAN officials are however going ahead with the
two-day meeting where the election would be
Recall that Ripples Nigeria had earlier reported
that a top presidency official had interest in the
CAN election, and was routing for a particular
candidate in the election.
Already there was tension in CAN last night as
plain-clothed security officers were said to be
hunting some of the association’s leaders.
Sources revealed last night that the plain-clothes
security operatives were in possession of SMS
and WhatApp messages threatening to eliminate
some of the CAN leaders.
But some key leaders in CAN were wondering
why the security agencies would allow
themselves to be used to arrest and intimidate
individuals in a purely spiritual exercise as the
election of a CAN President.
Also, delegates from the five different blocs of
CAN had started arriving Abuja for the scheduled
NEC meeting which will determine the next
direction of the umbrella body of Christians.
According to the schedule, the two days
(Tuesday and Wednesday) have been set aside
for majorly two things: the election of the next
CAN president and the ratification of the new
CAN constitution which had been completed by a
committee set up by the National Advisory
Council of CAN about two years ago.
Asake had stated last night that plans have
reached advanced stage for the election.
According to him, contrary to insinuations, the
CAN Secretariat has not been served any court
summons that some people have gone to court
to obtain an exparte order suspending the
“There are rumours all over the place but there
are no papers on your table”‘ he stated.
Asake said the next CAN President will be
elected by a total of 101 voters: every bloc
brings 10 delegates, all the state chairmen plus
the Federal Capital (FCT) making 37 votes, all
the six zonal leaders, five national directors, the
president, Vice President, the General Secretary
and the Treasurer all have one vote each.
“We are on target and we are praying that
everything will go as planned because this is an
issue of Christians and we hope to finish the
entire exercise without any rancour”, he said.