The electoral college of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has nominated Most Rev. Daniel Okoh as the new President of the association to take over from Dr. Samson Ayokunle who ends his tenure in a few days time.
Okoh is the General Superintendent of Christ Holy Church.
An Invitation Letter sent to the members of the National Executive Council and the blocs’ leaders of the Association sighted by Everyday.ng shows the completion the process of Okoh’s emergence is billed for Abuja on Thursday.
According to the CAN’s Constitution, Article 17 (9) viii-xi, the National Executive Council and the General Assembly must ratify the nomination of the candidate before the new President emerges.
A statement by the spokesman to CAN President, Pastor Adebayo Oladeji said: “It is true that the Most Rev Okoh has emerged the candidate from the Electoral College but this must be ratified by the National Executive Council and the General Assembly.
“Perhaps, it is imperative to state what the Constitution says about the remaining process:
According to Article 17 (9) (viii), “The candidate who secures majority vote of the Electoral College for each office shall be recommended to the National Executive Council.”
“Article 17 (9) ix states “The National Executive Council shall accept the recommended candidates for the offices of the President and the Vice President and present them to the General Assembly for ratification by the majority of votes of those qualified to vote at the General Assembly.”
“Article 17 (9) x states, “In the event that any candidate fails to secure the majority vote of the General Assembly, the procedure in paragraphs (4), (5), (6), and (8) herein shall be repeated by the Electoral College to reconsider the suitability or otherwise of all the candidates based upon the reasons adduced by those who opposed the candidature. The Electoral College may or may not substitute any candidate for any position based on majority vote of its members.”
“Article 17 (9) xi states, “In the event of a deadlock in which case the candidate represented is rejected by the General Assembly, a combined meeting of the Electoral College and the President-in-Council of the Association will examine the issue(s) and make a final choice from all the nominated candidates for the office.”
“CAN is scheduled to hold its General Assembly on July 28 where the new President will be made known to the public.”