The pastors have petitioned the Accra High Court to order the church’s leadership to resign since their ongoing tenure in such posts violates the church’s charter.
The lawsuit was brought against the General Overseer, Apostle Isaac Kwabena Adade; the Deputy General Overseer, Apostle Maxwell Aryeetey Foster; the General Secretary, Apostle Kenneth Ashaley Addo; the Chairman of the National Youth Ministry, Apostle Emmanuel Acquaye; and the Leader of the National Women’s Fellowship, Apostle Dora Edith Osekre, according to Graphic Online.
The plaintiffs contend that the aforementioned authorities must retire at age 65 because they have reached that age. Yet, the general overseer of the church asserted that he and his staff should continue in their positions based on a revelation from the Holy Spirit.
The plaintiffs, who are led by Apostle Daniel Mensah Attakpah, the Chairman of the Church’s Pastoral Council and Regional Head for Tema A2, believe that since the defendants have already served two terms of five years, they have no right to try to hold onto their positions of authority.
Description of a claim
The six pastors argue that the church’s charter prohibits the five primary leaders from holding their positions continuously, which makes it unlawful
“In spite of having attained the age limit of 65 in 2011 and having remained in office unconstitutionally for a second term as general overseer and member of the National Executive Council which ended in 2016, the second defendant continued to stay in office unconstitutionally and indefinitely without a proper procedure for his replacement.
“With reference to the third, fourth and sixth defendants, each of them has, just as the second defendant, remained in office unconstitutionally in their respective positions beyond their tenures of office which ended in 2016,” the plaintiffs stated in their statement of claim.
The plaintiffs claim that without consulting church members, the general overseer and other major officers hired a lawyer to change the organization’s constitution to abolish the age and term limits.
“The plaintiffs say further that members of the church have been helpless in the circumstances and since the defendants will not stop their unconstitutional stay in office and organise elections for the appointment of persons to replace them in their respective positions in the church, some of the members have left in protestation,” the statement of claim added.
Thus, the plaintiffs are asking the court to declare that the five senior officers’ continued tenure in office is illegal.
Also, they are asking for a court order instructing the church to hold new elections to choose eligible church members to take the place of the five defendants.
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