The leadership tussle at the Assemblies of God church finally came to an end on Friday, February 24, 2017 with a ruling by the Supreme Court which affirmed the sack of Reverend Paul Emeka.
Emeka was first suspended by the General Council of the church and was later expelled, and he approached the Enugu state High Court where he got a judgement in his favour.
The church’s General Council appealed the judgement of the high court and won.
Not satisfied, Emeka went to the Supreme Court to challenge the appeal court judgement with the argument that his fundamental rights had been trampled on by the church. He lost as the justices unanimously upheld the ruling of the appellate court.
In their judgements, Justices Paul Adamu Galinje, Ejembi Eko, Kudirat Motonmori Olatokunbo Kekere-Ekun, and Clara Ogunbiyi, all ruled in favour of the church, a ruling that confirms Dr Chidi Okoroafor as the authentic general superintendent of the church.
Reacting to the Supreme Court ruling, the second vice president of the Nigerian Bar Association, Monday Onyekachi Ubani, said: “The Supreme Court has just dismissed the appeal of Rev Paul Emeka who took Assemblies of God Nigeria to court after he was rightfully dismissed for importing wrong and strange doctrines into the church.
“By this judgement we believe that Rev Emeka will manifest repentance and come back to his senses for real reconciliation.
“The church of God will match on and the gates of hell will not triumph against her. By this judgement there is no vanquished and no victor, CHRIST REMAINS THE WINNER ALWAYS, GLORY BE TO GOD!”