CAN Crisis: Northern States Rejects Ayokunle, Says Maina


Bauchi—THE Bauchi State chapter of Christian
Association of Nigeria, CAN, has claimed the 19
Northern states have rejected the emergence of Dr.
Samson Ayokunle as the President of the

Chairman of CAN, Rev. Joshua Maina, who disclosed
this to newsmen in Bauchi yesterday, said: “All the
19 Northern states were edged out of the process
of the CAN President’s election. We suspect that
there was connivance between the outgoing CAN
President and some individuals are at the helm of affairs of the association.

New CAN President, Rev Ayokunle

“It is unfortunate that the former CAN President,
Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, manipulated the entire
process and ensured that his deputy Rev. Dr.
Samson Ayokunle succeeded him.

“If there is no skeleton in their cupboards why are
they evading court order regarding the legal
process of CAN election?”

According to the Chairman, it was the turn of the
North to produce the President of CAN. He lamented
that Rev. Emmanuel Gado, who happened to be the
right candidate, was blackmailed.

He said: “We are not fools because 19 Northern
states had supported somebody of Igbo extraction
as CAN President. We are aware that other regions
were later co-opted to join CAN, which has its roots
in Jos.

“Out of the 30 years of CAN’s existence, the North
has occupied the President’s position for only three
years and we feel this is an injustice.”

Maina insisted that northern states would not
succumb to any intimidation and humiliation in its
determination to ensure justice was done to the

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