Crisis rocks CAN over sit-tight plot

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From Fred Ezeh, Abuja

Leadership crisis has bedeviled the northern chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) otherwise known as northern CAN, over alleged plot by the current executive committee led by the Executive Secretary, Nigeria Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC), Rev. Yakubu Pam, to illegally extend their tenure in office from constitutionally recognized three to four years.

The tenure of the current executives of northern CAN led by the Rev Pam, was said to had expired on May 3rd as recognized by the constitution, but there are indications that the EXCO was neither planning for election soon nor planning to vacate office, hence the suspicion that he was plotting to extend their tenure.

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The prolonged silence of the EXCO has also triggered acrimony and bitterness among members of northern CAN and some executive members who are suspecting that Rev. Pam is plotting illegal tenure elongation till the end of 2023 general elections for some financial and other benefits.

Some of the aggrieved members said they have asked questions particularly from the Chairman, Rev. Yakubu Pam, but he was not providing answers, rather he was claiming that the tenure of the EXCO is four years and will expire next year.

One of the sources said: “Rev. Pam’s claim that their tenure is four years is not correct and unconstitutional. The source recalled that Rev Pam’s EXCO was first elected on 10th May, 2016 for the first three years.

“On 3rd May, 2019, he was re-elected for second tenure in office which ought to end few days ago. But he (Rev. Pam) has refused to vacate off nor call for election. Rather, he has kept mute about the matter, claiming that his tenure is four years and will expire next year.”

Another close source to the EXCO accused Rev. Pam of running a “one man” show at northern CAN, using the body to make financial and other gains from the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.

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He alleged that Rev. Pam approached the Federal Government and promised to silence the voice of oppressed Christians in the north if he was appointed the Executive Secretary of NCPC, “and true to his words, he did. He never made any comment nor taken action on the endless attacks on the Christians in the north,” the source said.

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The source cited the case of the former Vice chairman of northern CAN, Rev Musa Dada, who was replaced in 2019 CAN elections as Vice chairman having served three years each with Bishop Jatau and Rev. Pam.

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When contacted, Rev. Dada confirmed that the tenure of northern CAN EXCO is three years and not four years as being claimed by some people.

He said: “From all indications, these people are after what they can get to satisfy their personal needs and not the interest of Christians in the north who are being faced with several challenges of oppression, destruction, denials, verbal and physical attacks.

“What I know is that the tenure of northern CAN EXCO is three years and not four years except if they have changed it which I am not aware of. If the tenure is three years, then I should be called back to complete my tenure.”

Daily Sun could not reach the Chairman of northern CAN and the Executive Secretary of NCPC, Rev. Pam, for comment on the allegations, but was able reach his aide, Pam Ayuba, who dispelled the rumour that his boss was a sit-tight leader.

Ayuba said: “Disregard the claim of these people who are expressing their anger, seeking opportunity to get power. Rev. Pam has been in leadership of CAN from the grassroot. From his time at Jos South LGA to State, zonal and northern region, Rev. Pam has never been known as violator of law and rules.

“All I can assure you is that Rev. Pam is not a sit-tight leader and he won’t start now. All I can assure you is that he won’t spend extra hour or day in office when his tenure expires. I can assure that he will quickly conduct elections and hand over power to whoever emerges.”

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