…admonishes politicians to emulate rancour-free transition
By Bode Akinbode, Ibadan
The Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, on Saturday, called on leaders in the country to make it a priority to end crisis of division among the Nigerians.
The governor made the call at the inauguration and commencement of duty service of thev8th President of Christ Apostolic Church Worldwide, Pastor Samuel Olusegun Oladele, held at All Saints Chapel, C.A.C. General Secretariat, Bashorun, Ibadan.
He said that Nigeria equally needs to reconcile with the rest of the world.
He said: “The Chairman of the South West Governors picked something from the citation of the 8th President of the CAC Worldwide and he mentioned that his (new president’s) priority is to end the crisis of division that has plagued the church for 30 years.
He, however, enjoined all politicians to learn from the transition model of the Christ Apostolic Church, which, he said, is rancour-free and encourages peaceful handing over of power.
He said that he was ready to make the difference in Oyo State where, according to him, no governor has handed over to the successor, since the start of the Fourth Republic in 1999.
The governor recounted that in 2003, Governor Lam Adesina did not attend the handing over ceremony of his successor, Alhaji Rashidi Ladoja; the latter did not also attend the inauguration of his successor, Adebayo Alao-Akala, even as Akala didn’t attend the inauguration of Senator Abiola Ajimobi, who also refused to hand over to the incumbent, Governor Seyi Makinde.
He pledged to be the first governor to do the handover to his successor in the state.
“In the message of the vice president, he said we politicians need to learn how to conduct rancour-free elections. I think it is not just about elections. We have something to learn about even handing over power and making proclamation and ensuring continuity.
The VP Said: “The anointing of God in this church has made it such that the humblest of men, even the least educated, can bring the good news of delivering the oppressed from unseen spirit and even raising the dead.
“Apostle Ayo Babalola remains a testament to this fact.”
He, therefore, enjoined the church to support the new president so that, as one body, the CAC will march forward, grow stronger and move faster to propagate the much-needed gospel of Christ.
The service also had the governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu in attendance.
Akeredolu, while addressing the congregation, asked them to work for a new beginning adding that the leadership of the church has being in the trenches for too long.
In attendance were the Chief of Staff to the governor of Osun State, Dr. Charles Akinola, who represented his boss, Governor Gboyega Oyetola, a host of royal fathers, government functionaries, pastors and dignitaries from different parts of the world.