Delegates of the Organisation of African Instituted Churches (OAIC) monday elected Professor Joseph Otubu as candidate of the bloc for the forthcoming presidency of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).
Otubu, who is the General Evangelist of the Motailatu Cherubim and Seraphim Church Worldwide (MCSCW), defeated former Vice President of CAN, Archbishop Daniel Okoh with four to three votes.
The primary election held at the international headquarters of the Eternal Sacred Order of Cherubim and Seraphim Church (ESOCS) in Surulere, Lagos around noon.
The national secretariat of the apex Christian body had given a deadline of March 31 for its five blocs to submit names of their elected candidates for the general elections slated for June.
The contest for CAN presidency has been narrowed down to the OAIC and TEKAN/ECWA blocs with the former highly favoured to get the nod.
OAIC leaders confirmed last night that Otubu’s name will be forwarded to CAN secretariat today ahead of the deadline for submission of blocs’ candidates.
It was learnt that Okoh, who is the international president of OAIC, surprisingly indicated interest in the top CAN job at the last minutes, a development that made the primary keenly contested.
Otubu, a retired gynecologist, however carried the day when the nominations were subjected to voting.
Many church leaders believe his victory at the OAIC level is a big step towards him becoming the number one Christian citizen from July.