by Akan Ido
The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) is currently searching for who to succeed Ayo Oritsejafor when he finally relinquishes his position in February 2013 as PFN president.
The pastor has before now expressed his desire not to seek re-election to the position citing increased activities and commitments as his reason for choosing not to.
Oritsejafor is also the current president of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).
Oritsejafor had in 2010 indicated his intention to relinquish his position as PFN president but was asked to complete his tenure to promote unity within the body.
According to sources, the names which continue to spring up as possible replacement for the respected clergyman are; Pastor Wale Adefarasin, Pastor Wale Oke, and Rev. Felix Omobude.
Pastor Taiwo Odukoya reportedly declined interest in the position leaving others to vie for it. Election into the soon-to-be-vacant seat is scheduled to hold in February.
According to a document made available to the Punch, the candidates are said to be making background efforts at taking over from Oritsejafor.
The document reads in part: “However, now that the race for the PFN presidency is gathering steam, candidates have continued to signify their interest in the office.
“The candidate who has always been on the move wooing people to support his candidature is Oke. He’s said to enjoy a close relationship with Oritsejafor, being the National Vice-President (South-West).
“Meanwhile, Wale’s choice was applauded by all because of his unassuming, suave and gentlemanly disposition to issues. And indeed, Adefarasin’s tenure as Lagos PFN chairman did restore unity, direction and integrity to the body. That feat might have been a factor that earned him the office of the National Secretary when Oritsejafor succeeded Okonkwo.
“Pastor Paul Adefarasin is also said to have been working assiduously behind the scene to succeed Oritsejafor but he noticed that the national leaders would prefer him to wait for his turn.
“A group of influential pastors in the Pentecostal fold is backing (Wale) Adefarasin for the race. With this development, Paul’s ambition may have to wait or never materialise if Wale should win.
“As at the last count, nobody can really say which direction the national leaders are going because they determine who the next PFN president would be. But it is obvious that the major contenders are: Oke, Adefarasin and Felix Omobude.”