The Assemblies of God Church just effected a drastic decision.
It has effected the dismissal of it's spiritual father - and equally withdrawn his pastoral certificate.
Here are the details as sourced.
'The Assemblies of God Church has announced the excommunication of its
past General Superintendent, Rev. Paul Emeka, from the church
But reacting to the development, Emeka told SUNDAY PUNCH the action was a “coup.”
While announcing the removal of its spiritual leader’s dismissal from
the ministry with his pastoral certificate withdrawn, the church also
announced the emergence of Rev. Chidi Okoroafor as the new General
Superintendent of the church.
He was elected alongside three other principal officials and fifteen
zonal representatives to form the new Executive Council of the church
for the next four years.
The decisions were part of the resolutions reached by over 7,000
delegates of the church at the General Council meeting at its Evangel
Camp, Okpoko in Ebonyi State.
At the council meeting, held every four years, the delegates
reportedly decided on the excommunication after concluding that the
ex-spiritual leader “had dragged the name of the church in the mud by
instituting legal suits and using law enforcement agencies to witch-hunt
some of their leaders.”
According to the Legal Adviser of the church, Barrister Abuka, the
dismissal of Emeka was necessary and had paved the way to institute
litigation against the former general superintendent, who was alleged to
be “making moves with some members to take over the church.”
The church also claimed he was working with other alleged
collaborators believed to be working at cross-purposes with the church’s
Commenting on the crisis rocking the church, Okoroafor said the
measures were necessary to remove those whom he described as “dissidents
bent on frustrating progress” in the church.
He confirmed that legal actions would be taken against Emeka and others seeking to take over the church through lawsuits.
Justifying the reasons for this, the new general superintendent said,
“We cannot spiritualise legal issues. You can’t just be praying when
somebody is taking you to courts. We would no long keep quiet and allow
our property taken over or our accounts fraudulently run by them.”
He pointed out that the church had identified constitutional
loopholes that Emeka and other capitalised on, stating that such
sections would be properly addressed when an emergency council meeting
holds next year.
However, the excommunicated general superintendent told SUNDAY PUNCH
that he stood for reconciliation. According to him, the church has been
embroiled in some crises in which a former Governor of Ebonyi State,
Sam Egwu and the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria intervened in the
Emeka said, “By announcing my excommunication from the church, they
are trying to instill fear into people so that they can distance
themselves from me. I stand for reconciliation. I have committed no
“But, some people in the church organised an illegal election to
remove me by force from office. They would not allow me to complete my
four-year tenure in office which started in 2010. They are even
threatening my life. I have petitioned the Inspector-General of Police
on that.” Punch