We donâ€™t have a leader yet â€“ Celestial Church
ordained head at the moment as it is working on a new
constitution to usher in a new leader.
The CCC said this through its Board of Trustees at a press
conference on Tuesday in Yaba, Lagos State.
A spokesperson for the board, Superior Evangelist Samson
Banjo, said it was shocking to the church authorities that
some individuals, against court ruling, were proclaiming
themselves as the ordained leader of the church.
Banjo said the Celestial Church did not have a leader at the
He said, â€œOn March 26, 2015, the trial judge, Justice A.O.
Asenuga, ruled that the self-proclamation of Mr. Godwin
Shonekan as the pastor of the church was illegal,
unconstitutional, null and void. The court further ruled that
the appointment of a pastor in the church needed re-
articulation in a new constitution.
â€œThe summary of the decision is that the church does not
have an accredited pastor for the time being. Any claim by
any person, including the self-proclamation of Senior
Evangelist â€˜Tosho Oshoffa, to the leadership of the church
is fake and a figment of his imagination. It is an exercise
that carries a grave risk of contempt of court.
â€œThe essence of the courtâ€™s decision is that the church
needs to rewrite its constitution. Work has commenced on
this to find a lasting solution to this crisis. The interim draft
has received attention, and a final draft is underway.â€
Banjo added that the church planned to register the
constitution with the Corporate Affairs Commission and
make appropriate arrangements for the peaceful running of
â€œBefore the end of the year, the new constitution will be duly
registered with the CAC. In the meantime, the Board of
Trustees and Pastor-in-Council are making appropriate
arrangements for the smooth running of the church affairs
in all parishes worldwide,â€ he added.
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