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New PCN Prelate, Ekpenyong Akpanika preaches hope, unity for Nigeria

The newly elected Prelate and Moderator of Presbyterian Church of Nigeria (PCN), His Eminence Dr Ekpenyong Nyong Akpanika has called for rekindling of hope in the church and the country.

He urged Nigerians and members of PCN to believe in God and to work towards reconciliation, unity and peace.

He spoke when his election was announced yesterday as the new Prelate and Moderator of PCN after 600 commissioners and other high ranking officers of the church converged in Calabar for the election which was part of the 25th General Assembly and to participate in the one week events, marking the celebration of 176 anniversary of the church in Nigeria, which climaxed yesterday.

He beat two others at a keenly contested election.

Akpanika succeeds His Eminence Nzie Nsi Eke who completed his two-term tenure of six years.

“Even as I work towards all-inclusive administration and genuine reconciliation, I call for all to forget any differences, close ranks and rekindle hope in God who will never fail the church or the country.

“There is urgency to pursue peace, fence-mending, bridge-building across many divides and block leakages which militate against the nation and the church.

“My promise is that I pray God to lead me so that I don’t disappoint Him, you all and myself.”

He polled 451 votes to beat closest his contender, Rev. Daniel Etim who got 355 votes.

Rev Victor Atakpo was also elected deputy clerk of PCN.

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