A human rights campaigner, Mr Ifeanyi Okonkwo, has vowed to return embattled Prof. Paul Emeka as the General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God Church.
Speaking with newsmen in Enugu on Sunday, Okonkwo, who identifies himself as a litigant, described the current leadership of the church as “a bunch of usurpers’’.
He said that a subsisting ruling by a High Court in Enugu retained the status quo ante as of then in March 2014, saying that the removal of Rev. Prof. Emeka was illegal.
Okonkwo said that the purported removal of the General Superintendent of the church and his replacement with Rev. Dr Chidi Okoroafor was not in conformity with the constitution and bye-laws of the church.
He said that there was no stay of execution or injunction granted by a court of competent jurisdiction to warrant a takeover of the leadership of the church from Emeka.
The activist said that an appeal filed at the Court of Appeal in Enugu after the Enugu High Court ruling was still running in the appellate court and had been adjourned to February 27, 2019.
Okonkwo expressed regrets that some people used a Supreme Court judgment of a case on fundamental human rights which went against Emeka to shove him aside and take over his legitimate position.
He also complained that those who took over the leadership of the church had gone ahead to change the signatories to its accounts and taken over all its properties against the status quo ante ordered by the high court.
“I will use all legal means, I will rely on the rule of law to ensure that people go to jail for their criminal acts.
“They blind-folded Nigerians to believe that the case had ended in their favour.
“I can tell you that nothing has ended. It is not yet over. Rev. Prof. Paul Emeka remains the General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God Church as far as the rule of law is concerned,’’ he said.
Okonkwo has already initiated an action at the Federal High Court in Enugu to pursue the agenda.
The case has been slated for May 7 for hearing.