…Lay President, Odufuwa fronts Bribery of Bishops against Primate
…Primate Suspends all Church Meetings indefinitely
The internal Crisis bedeviling the African Church has taken a new dimension with the Church Leaders influencing Bishops, Arch Bishops and Parishioners within and outside the church with heavy bribes to support them in sending away the Primate, Dr. Emmanuel Udofia.
A source from the Church who hinted Platinum.ng on anonymity, stated that the Church leaders, on the advice and directive of the Lay President, Odufuwa, adopted this strategy when they discovered that they had no support from majority of the Church members to oust the Primate.
Therefore, they resolved to call on key pressure persons within and from other denominations to side them in mounting pressure on the Primate to resign from office.
This strategy, Platinum.ng gathered, has a price tag attached to it, ranging from N3m to N100,000, N30,000, N50,000, depending on their client’s cadre of authority. “They are buying people in the Church now with money, they have turned the church into a bargaining ground”, our source noted.
“Plans have also been perfected with one Father Edem in the Calabar Diocese of the Church to select some Efik elders and Parishioners for a possible audience and bribery, as well as one Engineer Orua Antia, a university lecturer from Ibibio Ibom in Akwa ibom State into this evil desperation”, said our source.
However, their attempts have met stiff resistance from their supposed helpers, as “they (helpers) have began to see the light above their (African Church leaders) antics”.
Our source disclosed that one of those who was called upon to speak against the Primate, is the Prelate of the Methodist Church, His Eminence, Sunday Mbang, who categorically distanced himself from the plot.
Platinum.ng also learnt that Engr. Odufuwa sent some money to the account of one of their ‘baits’ (name withheld), who returned the money immediately back to him. “They paid the money into the person’s account and he returned it back to them. Monies have been sent to people’s account, and some have returned it on grounds that they would not be associated with such a barbaric agenda”, our source said.
Following this, the African Church leaders are still searching for an alternative ‘Balam’ who will help them press home their stance on sending home the Primate and “enthrone their purported illegal Primate”.
However, the Primate has ordered the suspension of all of the Church’s meetings up until further notice. Our source maintained that “the Primate is the Chairman of the meetings and he has suspended the meetings because of the current tension in the Church and the uncertainty it has generated in the last few months. So, the May 1st and 2nd meeting of the Primate advisory Board, the Emergency general Committee meeting and others will not hold”, our source stated.
Meanwhile, the former lay president Evang. Olubukunola Okunowo has travelled out of the country to take a break off the tension threatening the Church’s unity.