An Enugu High Court ruled on Thursday that Rev Prof Paul Emeka remains the authentic General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God Church Nigeria, a decision expected to quell the lingering leadership dispute in the church.
Emeka was alleged to have been suspended at a purported meeting held on March 6, presided over by the retired General Superintendent of the Church, Rev Charles Osueke. The court however declared the meeting null and void.
The Court presided over by Justice Anthony Onovo, while ruling in a suit brought before it by Emeka over the breach of his fundamental human rights, held that he was never removed as the General Superintendent of the church.
Onovo stressed that the meeting that took the decision was illegal as it was convened without regard to the constitution of the church or law.
The Judge condemned the refusal of a faction of the church led by the Assistant Superintendent, Rev Chidi Okoroafor to an injunction of the court on the matter of March 8 this year where it had ordered a return to status quo pending the determination of the matter.
On March 6, a meeting by a group of members of the church called Ambassadors of the Kingdom presided over by the retired General Superintendent of the Church, Osueke, had met and suspended Emeka from office for alleged corruption and embezzlement.
Okoroafor was appointed by the group as the acting General Superintendent and advised branches of the church nationwide to severe dealings with Paul and disallow him from using their pulpits anywhere to preach the gospel. Emeka was also flayed for taking the church to court contrary to the stipulations of the church’s constitution.