AJEBO, Ogun Stateâ€” FOURSQUARE Gospel Church Nigeria may have to wait for one year to get a new General Superintendent to replace Rev. Wilson Badejo who was during the week voted out after serving the church for two terms of five years each.
Badejo who assumed office in 1999 to succeed Rev. Gabriel Olu Farombi as the general superintendent, was early on Wednesday morning voted out during the ongoing 54th annual convention of the church taking place at the churchâ€™s international camp ground, Ajebo in Ogun State.
According to the Foursquare constitution, the office of the general superintendent which runs for five years is elective, and is subject to renewal. It requires a sitting General Superintendent to present himself to the National Convention at the end of every five-year tenure for renewal of his mandate.
Badejo, who is said to have takenÂ the church to enviable heights in the last 10 years, in accordance to the constitution, presented himself for another mandate on Tuesday night. But at the end of secret balloting, he only managed to garner 781 votes, andÂ 974 voted against. A total of 34 votes were voided.
To get a fresh mandate, a sitting general superintendent requires a simple majority and therefore the erstwhile National Vice President of PFN had to step aside.
Sources close to the church told our reporter yesterday that the church National Secretary, Rev. Goddy Ebojie will hold fort as the acting general superintendent until fresh elections to fill the vacant post were conducted in April next year.
Nominations will be made from among all the district overseers , for a new general superintendent, between now and April next year when the elections are expected to hold.
The churchâ€™s constitution actually made provision for two terms of 10 years, for any General Superintendent. A source told us last night that the immediate past GS, Rev. Farombi spent 12 years in office because he had to complete the remaining two years of deceased Rev. Odunaike who died in active service.
The church will now hold a special mini-convention in April next year to elect a new GS from among the current district overseers.
In his address at the ongoing convention, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Olubuse Sijuade II congratulated the outgoing General Superintendent, Rev. Badejo on the convention and on the 60th birthday of his wife, Rev. Mercy Badejo.
He commended Badejo for the progressive manner he had been conducting the affairs of the church and on his efforts in church planting and spread of the gospel both within and outside the country.
He prayed for the continued success of the church and continued use of the cleric to take the church to loftier spiritual heights.
Badejo recalled how he promised to serve God in the capacity of General Superintendent when he took over from Rev. Faronbi 10 years ago and expressed satisfaction that the prophecy of his predecessor that the church would fly to greater height had been fulfilled.
He expressed happiness for particularly meeting the burden of missions, evangelism and church planting placed on him when he took over.
â€œBy the grace of God, this burden has been greatly achieved through our Barley Harvest church planting initiative.
About 2,000 churches have been planted in about a decade,â€ Badejo stated, adding that there were enough structures on ground through the church planting exercise that would enable them toÂ have over one million worshippers within Lagos area in the next five years.
He said the Nigerian church, over the last 10 years, had strengthened its relationship with the Foursquare Mission International (FMI), adding that through that they had been able to plant churches outside Nigeria and that the church had been selected as one of the Five Global Mission Work in Africa.