The Presiding Bishop, Sword of the Spirit Ministries and Chancellor, Precious Cornerstone University, Bishop Francis Wake Oke, has emerged as the National President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN).
According to a statement made available to journalists by the Wale Oke Media Office, he is the seventh national president of PFN consequent upon the unanimous decision of every member of the National Advisory Council (NAC) of the umbrella body.
The statement read in part: “By a unanimous decision of every member of National Advisory Council (NAC) today (Tuesday) at Grace Cathedral, Enugu, Enugu State, Bishop Francis Wale Oke is the seventh National President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN).
“The PFN has come a long way, starting with the vision of the founding fathers, and the great leadership of our past Presidents – Revd. J. O. Boyejo, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, Archbishop Benson Idahosa, Bishop Mike Okonkwo, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor and Revd. (Dr.) Felix Omobude, who has led the Fellowship in the past, taking it to the great and enviable height it is today.”
Meanwhile, in his acceptance speech, Oke gave glory to God for putting it in the hearts of the NAC to choose him as the National President of PFN, saying: “This is the doing of the Lord and it is marvellous in our eyes. I sincerely thank you for your unanimous vote, without a single dissent. Thank you for your trust.”
“I want to thank our immediate past President, Rev. Felix Omobude, for his mature and inclusive approach to leadership. I want to thank all members of the National Advisory Council (NAC) for their prayers and choice of the new Executive. Together, we shall take the PFN to greater heights, through the help of the Lord.”
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has felicitated with the newly elected PFN president.
Buhari congratulates the outgoing President of PFN, Dr. Felix Omobude, for his stewardship, recognizing the continuous intercessions in prayers for the nation, and willingness to offer wise counsels to leaders of the country at all levels, including Federal, State and Local Council.
He also commended all participants at the meeting of the National Advisory Council of PFN held at the Grace Cathedral, Enugu, for electing the renowned preacher, teacher and evangelist to lead the Christian body, affirming that his wealth of experience in spiritual issues, and passion for the country’s development will make a difference.
Buhari enjoins the new leadership of PFN, all Christian leaders and the Church to continue upholding the country in prayers for peace and prosperity.
He wishes Bishop Oke and his team God’s favour on the new responsibility.