The Abia State Government has reiterated its stance on maintaining the ban on the annual convention of the Apostolic Christian Church Mission (ACCM) in Aba. The ban, initially imposed due to a leadership crisis within the church, remains in effect despite recent claims suggesting otherwise.
The ACCM’s annual convention, traditionally held in January in Aba, has faced disruptions in recent times due to internal conflicts within the church’s leadership. In response to the crisis, the state government had previously banned the 2024 edition of the convention.
A statement from Apostle K.C. Wiper, the Special Assistant on Religious Matters to Governor Alex Otti, addressed a publication on the church’s Facebook page. The publication claimed that Governor Otti had recognized a new General Overseer for the church and approved the resumption of the annual convention.
Wiper clarified, stating, “Let it be known to all and sundry that Dr. Alex Otti has neither approved the lifting of the ban earlier placed on the 2024 annual convention nor endorsed anyone as General Overseer. It is important to state categorically that the Governor has no role in selecting leadership for the church, or any church for that matter.”