By Winnifred Ehimhen
The General Assembly of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) Benue State has disassociated it self from the purported election conducted on 5th November 2020 in Living Faith Church Makurdi by some of its members and rejects the acclaimed chairman Rev Joseph Orinya, describing the election as unacceptable and the newly constituted EXCO as illegitimate and unworkable.
Speaking at a press briefing organised by Bishop Chivir Chianson on behalf of the assembly on Friday in Makurdi,, the assembly said an agreement had already been entered on 20 March 2017 authorizing archbishop Benjamin Kurudu to immediately assume leadership at the expiration of Bishop Mike Angou single tenure as the chairman of PFN Benue state.
Any act short of it is going against the signed agreement which was witnessed by their patrons, the governor of Benue state Samuel Ortom and His Royal Majesty the TorTiv Professor James Ayatse.
According to the assembly, Bishop Mike Angou resigned about two months ago and it is expected that he smoothly hands over power to archbishop Benjamin Kurudu. For failing to do that, the general assembly of PFN are therefore calling on the National President of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, Rev Dr Felix Omobude to intervene on the issue to avoid a crisis. The national president should also prevail on all members to comply by the agreement entered on 20th March 2017.
It would be recalled that on 20th March 2017, an extraordinary reconciliatory meeting of PFN Benue State was carried out at the instance of the governor of Benue state Dr Samuel Ortom and His Royal Majesty the TorTiv, Professor James Ayatse in Government House Makurdi. In attendance were 400 ministers including the advisers and the general assembly.
The patrons brokered the peace deal and agreements were reached and signed by Bishop Mike Angou, archbishop Benjamin Kurudu and the governor, Samuel Ortom. They resolved to:
1- Allow Bishop Mike Angou and his team to finish their single tenr
2- Arch Bishop Benjamin Kurudu led team was to take over the rein of leadership for one full tenure thereafter election will be conducted.
3- That all pending cases in court relating to PFN leadership in Benue state should be withdrawn and reported back to the patron in one month.
According to the general assembly of PFN Benue state, agreement number 1 & 3 has been carried out with the exception of agreement number 2. “Constituting any other EXCO is portraying ungodliness, insincerity and deceit” they said.
“As law abiding citizens, the General Assembly would not want to take it upon itself to install archbishop Benjamin Kurudus led EXCO especially as they believe in the ability of the national president to resolve the problem” they stressed.
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