In a hotly contested election, Reverend Father Nuhu Iliya of the Catholic Secretariat Sokoto has emerged the new Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Sokoto State Chapter.
He defeated the immediate past state secretary of the Association, Pastor Tade Adedeji of the Pentecostal Fellowship block by 38 to 32 votes in the second ballot after the first ballot recorded a tie of 35 votes each.
There were 70 voters from the five blocks of the Association.
By affirmation, the delegates also elected Reverend Emmanuel Chibuzo of the Holy Trinity Anglican Church Sokoto as Vice-Chairman as well as Reverend Sunday Haske of the Evangelical Church Winning All ECWA, as Secretary.
The position of Treasurer was won by Reverend Kolawole by 44 votes while the post of Assistant Secretary went to Pastor Godwin Adole.
Each of the five blocks went home with a position in the executive body.
In his remarks, the new CAN Chairman Reverend Iliya canvassed support for his executive and unity among the members and the entire christian community in the state to make his job easier.
He commended the outgoing executive members of the association led by Reverend Ahmadu Mamman of ECWA for a good performance during their six years tenure.
Earlier, Reverend Ahmadu Mamman said his exco members were very active during the tenure which resulted to some notable achievements.
According to him, Sokoto CAN now has a permanent furnished Secretariat for conduct of the Association’s activities.
He expressed appreciation to all the five blocks of members of CAN for their support and encouragement during his leadership.