Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, outgoing President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), has been evading court summon since Thursday over the proposed election of the association he is to oversee this week, SaharaReporters has learnt.
Some aggrieved Christian leaders have dragged Oritsejafor to a Federal High Court in Abuja, where they are challenging his plot to bar them from participating in the coming election of the association.
Oritsejafor has come under criticism from notable leaders of the Christian community, including the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), who accuse him of violating the association’s constitution and tradition of electing a national president.
Oritsejafor has sternly warned all the staff of the CAN National Secretariat in Abuja not to collect any court summons and hurriedly closed down administrative office on Thursday.
The outgoing President has been unveiled as the brain behind the crisis in ECWA/TEKAN bloc of CAN after Reverend Jeremiah Gado emerged its nominee.
Oritsejafor is said to be working with the CAN Secretary, Reverend Musa Asake, to plant stories in the media suggesting that President Muhammadu Buhari is sponsoring a candidate for the CAN Presidency as a basis of actualizing their plot.
It was further gathered that Oritsejafor and Asake have vowed to stop from participating in the election all Christian leaders opposed to their use of CAN for former President Goodluck Jonathan’s presidential campaign by branding them “jihadists” and “enemies” of the church.
Already, Catholic Bishops and other Christian leaders opposed to the involvement of CAN in partisan politics have reached an agreement, with which they hope to redeem the association in accordance with the vision of its founding members.