There was wild jubilation on Wednesday at the headquarters of the Assemblies of God, Enugu, following the refusal of the Supreme Court to grant an injunction seeking to stop Rev. Prof. Paul Emeka from parading himself as the General Superintendent of the Church.
It could be re-called that the Church had in a protracted leadership crisis prompting it to split into two groups, with one led by Emeka and another group led by Rev. Dr. Chidi Okoroafor.
The case, which commenced at a High Court sitting in Enugu had reached the Supreme Court, where both parties are waiting for their fate to be finally determined.
It, was, however, gathered that the apex court had on Tuesday refused to grant a motion by the Okoroafor-led group, seeking to obtain an injunction restraining Emeka from parading himself as the General Superintendent.
Addressing journalists on the development, Emeka, flanked by other leaders of the church, described it as “victory of truth over falsehood”.
The Church leader, who commended the Apex Court for standing on the side of truth, said his traducers had boasted that as soon as they get the injunction, they would come and inject him.
He noted that, “If they had succeeded, violent as they are, they would have come here to be causing trouble.
“But the good thing is that the injunction they were seeking was not given to them; it was not even entertained.
“I am happy because they lied and their lies have failed, to the glory of God.”
On why he had not given up the fight, Rev. Emeka lamented that he was a victim of desperate group, who are clearly determined to take away the mandate given to him by God.
He stated that “God called me when I was a child; since 1973, I have continued to serve Him since then. This is why I have not deterred despite all they have done to me, excommunicated me, removed my pastoral license, including my certificates.
“If I allow them, they will send me where no human being will remember me.”
He added that instead of seeking for peace, “all they have been doing is suspending people here and there. How can you suspend over 2 million people; the entire members in the North were even suspended because they are standing on the truth.
“We are so much interested in peace and we have demonstrated it several times. We have been to the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, when they made their decision known, we accepted it; the other party refused; we went to CAN, they gave directive, we accepted it for peace to reign, the other side refused.
“All they do is to be writing petition here and the; once you tell them the truth, they will start writing petition against you. They have written petition against Enugu High Court Judge, they have written against Commissioner of Police, they have written against the Inspector General of Police.
“I thank God over the decision of the court yesterday. We shall continue to hold on to this mandate to His own glory. It is not good to give up easily. If you have a mandate from God and you have not received a contrary message from Him, don’t give up such mandate no matter the situation, no matter the sentiments people will throw up.”