By Iliya Kure
Reverend (Dr) Jeremiah Gado, President of Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA), Tuesday emerged candidate to contest for the office of President in the coming national election of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), representing ECWA/TEKAN (Tarayya Ekklesiyoyin Kristi A Nigeria) bloc.
A selection process was held, where Rev. Gado polled 15 votes to defeat his co-contestant, Rev. Jerry Madibo who got seven votes.
This is the first time the ECWA/TEKAN bloc is contesting for the office of the CAN President.
Rev. Gado will contend with the candidate representing Organisation of African Instituted Churches (OAIC).
CAN has five blocs namely Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, OAIC, ECWA/TEKAN and Christian Council of Nigeria.
Based on the current CAN constitution, only ECWA/TEKAN and the OAIC blocs can contest for office of the President in the coming election.
In an interview, Rev. Gado told journalists “Today is historical. It marks the beginning of wining, understanding and love and I am calling on members of my block not to relent; this is just the beginning we need to canvass support from within and outside,”
CAN was formed in 1976, consisting mainly of Catholic and Protestant Churches. It later expanded to include Pentecostal Churches.