Crisis deepens as Church denies new unification leader, claims he was never ordained

Speaking on behalf of the church board, the Superior Evangelist, Samson Banjo, said it was shocking to the church authorities that some individuals, against court ruling, were proclaiming themselves as the ordained leader of the church

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The Celestial Church of Christ worldwide (CCC) has claimed that it does not have an ordained head at the moment as it is working on a new constitution to usher in a new leader.

Punch reports that the Celestial Church announced this to journalists through its through its Board of Trustees at a press conference on Tuesday, June 30, in Yaba, Lagos State.

Speaking on behalf of the church board, the Superior Evangelist, Samson Banjo, said it was shocking to the church authorities that some individuals, against court ruling, were proclaiming themselves as the ordained leader of the church.

The Superior Evangelist said the Celestial Church did not have a leader at the present.

Banjo was quoted as saying, “On March 26, 2015, the trial judge, Justice A.O. Asenuga, ruled that the self-proclamation of Mr. Godwin Shonekan as the pastor of the church was illegal, unconstitutional, null and void. The court further ruled that the appointment of a pastor in the church needed re-articulation in a new constitution.

“The summary of the decision is that the church does not have an accredited pastor for the time being. Any claim by any person, including the self-proclamation of Senior Evangelist to the leadership of the church is fake and a figment of his imagination. It is an exercise that carries a grave risk of contempt of court.

“The essence of the court’s decision is that the church needs to rewrite its constitution. Work has commenced on this to find a lasting solution to this crisis. The interim draft has received attention, and a final draft is underway.”

Banjo added that the church planned to register the constitution with the Corporate Affairs Commission and make appropriate arrangements for the peaceful running of its affairs.

“Before the end of the year, the new constitution will be duly registered with the CAC. In the meantime, the Board of Trustees and Pastor-in-Council are making appropriate arrangements for the smooth running of the church affairs in all parishes worldwide,” he added.

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