The President of the Nigerian Baptist Convention, Rev. Supo Ayokunle, has emerged the new President of the Christian Association of Nigeria
Rev Ayokunle takes over the CAN leadership from Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor. The election was conducted at the National Ecumenical Center, Abuja. At the poll, Revd. Ayokunle defeated his rival, Elder (Prof.) Joseph Otubu of the Motailatu Church Cherubim and Seraphim Movement, MCCSW, with 54 votes to 28.
The outgoing president of the body, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, announced the result of the election to a rousing applause of National Executive Council delegates from different parts of the country who had converged at the National Christian Centre in Central Business Centre of Abuja. By the CAN constitution, Prof. Joseph Otubu who emerged runners-up in the elections automatically becomes the Vice President of the Association for the next three years of the soon to be sworn in administration.
The Nigerian Baptist Convention which Thomas Jefferson Bowen started in 1850, has grown into over 10,000 Churches with about 3 million baptized members and up to 6.5 million worshipping members spread across the nation. This denominational entity has metamorphosed into 31 Conferences (ecclesiastical regions) in Nigeria alone. The work has spread to several other African nations including Republic of Benin, Cote D’Ivoire, Mali, Sierra Leone, Mozambique, Chad, Niger, Burkina Faso and South Sudan. The United Kingdom and the United States of America are also experiencing the influence of its growth and expansion. The denomination also has a private university, The Bowen University located at Iwo in Osun state, Southwest Nigeria.