CAN new president Supo-Ayokunle.

The Christian Association of Nigeria has elected a new president, Vanguard has reported.

The current president of the Nigerian Baptist Convention (NBC), who also stood as the official candidate of the Christian Council of Nigeria, CCN, Rev. Samson Olasupo Adeniyi Ayokunle, is now the president of the major religions institution.

Rev Ayokunle won out against his nearest competitor, Elder Joseph Otubu of the Motailatu Church Cherubim and Seraphim Movement (MCCSW), the chosen candidate of the Organisation of African Instituted Churches, OAIC, with 57 votes to 28.

The outgoing CAN president Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, announced the result of the election at about 2:30 p.m. earlier today.

The news of Rev. Ayokunle’s election was met by National Executive Council delegates with rapturous applause in Abuja.

Prof. Joseph Otubu has also become the Vice President of the Association for the next three years under CAN’s constitution.

CAN was founded in 1967 and represents five different Christian blocs in Nigeria, including the Catholic Church in Nigeria, as well as mainline Protestant churches and Pentecostal groups.