Uka loses moderator’s post at Presbyterian church
A Federal High Court sitting in Abakaliki, yesterday sacked Rev. Emele Mba Uka as the Moderator of The General Assembly of Presbyterian Church of Nigeria (PCN).
The court presided over by Justice Maureen Adaobi Onyetenu, declared Rev Nzie Eke as the duly elected moderator. Justice Adaobi said that Rev Eke was the most qualified and was the only candidate of the position and thereby declared the purported election of Rev Emele Uka null and void.
The crises in the church started in 2011 when the other synods elected Rev Uka as the moderator, a situation which did not go down well with the Mid East synod which claimed that the election was in contravention of the laws and constitution of the church.
The situation got worse later when the church sacked the then Ebonyi State Deputy Governor, Prof. Chigozie Ogbu, and the state’s Commissioner for Works, Dr. Paul Okorie.
Others suspended by the church include: Elder C. Ewa, Elder Jombo Ukoma, Mr. Odicha Ude, Rev. Ibiam Ukeni, Rev. Nwonu Eze, Rev. Amarachi Ukoma, Rev. Michael Ani, Rev. Aka Ibiam, Rev. David Amaramo and Rev. Nzie Eke.
Piqued by the attitude of the church, the Mid East synod declared its autonomy and took the name Reformed Presbyterian Church of Nigeria with Rev. Nzie Eke as its pioneer General Assembly Moderator.The situation forced the parent church to take the new breakaway church to court.
Ruling on the matter, Justice Oyitenu held that the deprivation of the Mid East synod of the PCN the opportunity to produce the Moderator of the General Assembly is in breach of the policies, practices, procedures and working documents of the PCN.
The judge also held that the defendants (RPCN) are entitled to worship their God under any name of their choice in line with constitution of the country, the 1999 constitution (as amended).
On the issue of the property, the court also held that the property real and personal belong to the parishioners and worshipers of the Mid-East synod and not that of the plaintiff.