Saturday, 27 June 2015

Celestial Crisis Latest: Board of Trustees rejects Oschoffa’s son, Tosho | Says “He is an impostor”

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Tosho Oschoffa with one of his wives
In view of the recent crisis rocking the leadership of the Celestial Church of Christ, the Board of Trustees of the church have decided to address the matter and put the general public in a better perspective on issues arising from crisis of leadership between one Godwin Bolanle Shonekan and Pastor EMF Oschoffa on one hand and Senior Evangelist Tosho Oschoffa and his brother Pastor EMF Oschoffa on the other hand.  

Genesis of the New Crisis
Although several leadership tussles have rocked the church since the demise of the late Pastor Founder, Reverend Pastor SBJ Oschoffa in 1985 but the recent crisis by one of his younger sons Evangelist Tosho Oschoffa against his elder brother who is equally  the Pastor of the church took the leadership of the church unawar.
“The Board of Trustee not only considers the action of Senior Evangelist Tosho Oschoffa a rebellion against constituted authority, but especially as an action aimed at causing chaos and disaffection in the Celestial Church of Christ as a whole”

Tosho who doubles as Personal Assistant to his elder brother Pastor Emmanuel Mobiyina Oschoffa who was the leader of the church before a high court judgment stopped him was alleged to have presented a fake document to his brother who is impaired with his sight to urging him to sign the document but unknown to his brother, the document spelt a transfer of leadership from he (Mobiyina) to Tosho Oschoffa as the new Pastor and supreme head world-wide
The making of the Tosho Coup
 Sources close to the leadership of the church confided in Asabeafrika that the whole scenario started when some shepherds began to address the 45 years old Tosho Oschoffa as “Oba Lola” (The next in line for Kingship). The hype of the absurd nomenclature was said to have gotten to his elder brother, Pastor EMF Oschoffa’s hearing and he instantly felt uncomfortable with such address for his younger brother who also double as his PA. Unconfirmed reports has it that Mobiyina being responsive to eventualities called a meeting of senior shepherds and informed them of his discovery. It was after the awareness and the curbing of the offender Tosho left the country for France where his 4th wife, Caro and a segment of his family resides. But sequel to an Ilaro, Ogun state high court judgment by Justice A.O. Asenuga stopping Mobiyina from leading the church as pastor until re-articulation of the church’s constitution, Tosho quickly made use of the opportunity to scam his brother into signing away his  leadership right as the head of the church worldwide. The case that threw spanners in the wheels of the 12 years leadership of EMF Oschoffa was instituted by one Godwin Bolanle Shonekan who is laying claims to the throne of Pastor as well.
  Tosho who is said to be highly influential took the document to his brother inside his private apartment in Lagos asking him to sign the document. The elder Oschoffa, oblivious of the import of the document appended his signature to it and lo, the junior Oschoffa bolted away with the “new authority” to take over from his elder brother.

Tosho during his second marriage

Why Tosho is powerful
A very reliable source close to the leadership of the church narrated the entire story of Tosho’s ambition to Asabeafrika “I think from day one, Tosho was the one in charge of so many things in the affairs of leadership at the Pastorial level. Since 2003 when his brother was ordained, Tosho took over as the defacto leader. Because Mobiyina is challenged with sight problem, Tosho takes major decisions and only gives feedback to his boss/brother. Tosho was even in most cases, the one in charge of posting of shepherds in non-residential parishes across the nation and all he needs to do were to tell Mobiyina ‘I have done this’ and that is it, he was so powerful that he could take any decision and it will go unchallenged. So, as times goes on he became very bold and reactive to the privileges he enjoys as the most powerful and influential aide of the pastor and that might have led him into the feeling of having his own share of the cake. I mean he has seen everything and how it is been run and I think that was what informed his decision to behave the way he did recently”
 As it appears, Tosho is enjoying followership among a group of shepherds in the church especially the Nigerian diocese but a more authoritative and assertive group are contesting his maturity and pedigree.  Tosho has been enmeshed in various marital scandals in the last four years as he married 4 different women within the spate of three years after he separated from Demilade his first wife and mother of his eldest kids in 2009.  
After the Wednesday June 10 declaration of Tosho as new leader of the Celestial Church of Christ, Tosho and his followers were said to have visited the traditional ruler of Imeko land for a royal endorsement but the ruler refused to grant them audience.  He was also alleged to have visited ex-Nigerian President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo for endorsement but the ex-army General was said to have shunned him as well, warning his to desist from such unpalatable misdemeanor.
On Monday June 22nd, exactly 21 days after he declared himself as the new leader of the Celestial Church of Christ, Tosho during a press conference in Lagos declared himself as “Unification Leader” of the CCC, Worldwide urging the entire leadership of the church to come under him while stating that the need to build the CCC and foster unity and development as started by his father—SBJ Oschoffa was what led to his emergence as “Unification leader” of the church.
Tosho was quoted to have said at the press conference that his emergence was ordained by God as it has been foretold. The younger Oschoffa who equally claimed to have seen his late dad in the dream while sleeping in his France abode, urging him to lead the church said his nomination was sequel to the vacation of the seat by court judgment against his elder brother, Emmanuel Mobiyina Oschoffa.  
Tosho, a liar---Board of Trustee
In a circular released to all parishes of CCC, Worldwide by the board of trustees on Tuesday June 23rd titled “CLARIFICATION ON DEVELOPMENTS IN THE CHURCH” and sent to: All Diocesan Heads; All Arch Provincial Heads; All Circuit Heads; All District Heads; All Parishes and the entire Celestial Church of Christ World wide, the leadership of the CCC under the Board of Trustees urged all Nigerians and foreigners alike to dismiss Tosho’s claim to leadership as the action is null and void and has no support from the leadership of the church.
The Issues against “Pastor” Tosho
The board of trustees traced the background of the crisis to the recent misunderstanding and misrepresentation arising in respect of a recent judgment of Ilaro High Court involving the church and one Godwin Bolanle Shonekan who was an agent of the church in the state of Florida USA during the reign of Rev. A.A Bada. Shonekan who was later enmeshed in a tricky tussle with the leadership of the church is the harbinger of the March 26th, 2015 case that temporarily relieved the pastor of his seat until the church’s constitution is amended.
Matters arising by BOT
1.      “Following Mr. Godwin Bolanle Shonekan’s pretention to be the Pastor of the Celestial Church of Christ Worldwide and his forceful disruption of the church service in December, 2005 at the Holy City of Imeko, the CCC BOT worldwide contested his claims and referred the matter to the High Court in Ilaro, Ogun State Judiciary for adjudication. The ultimate objective was to restrain him and also prevent future similar occurrences”.

2.      “On March 26, 2015 the trial judge, A. O. Asenuga, ruled that the self-proclamation of Mr. Godwin Bolanle Shonekan as Pastor of the church was illegal, unconstitutional null and void.  The court further ruled that that appointment of a Pastor in the church needs re-articulation in a new constitution. Consequently, the trial judge set aside all claims to the position of the Pastor of the Church. In this regard, the Board of Trustees, as one of the defendants, has already appealed against the court ruling”
3.      “Meanwhile, the inadequacies in the current constitution of the Church are being addressed as suggested in an earlier Supreme Court ruling” stated the memo.

Rev. EMF Oschoffa

The Pastor, the drama & Tosho’s ego by BOT
1.      On Wednesday, 10th June, 2015 Senior Evangelist Tosho Oschoffa, attempted to declare himself the new Pastor of Celestial Church of Christ Worldwide. The opportunity to declare himself as Pastor in the Holy City of Imeko was never given and he left with his followers. On Monday, 22nd June, 2015 he renewed his attempt to impose himself as the Pastor of the Celestial Church of Christ Worldwide in Adanitan but to no avail.
2.      We (BOT) wish to make it crystal clear that the action of Senior Evangelist Tosho Oschoffa did not and does not receive the imagined or real approval and blessing of the Board of Trustees as body corporate acting on behalf of the Church or the Pastor-in-council. The Board of Trustee not only considers the action of Senior Evangelist Tosho Oschoffa a rebellion against constituted authority, but especially as an action aimed at causing chaos and disaffection in the Celestial Church of Christ as a whole. The self-declaration directly negates the High Court ruling and can constitute a contempt of court.
3.      However, the Board of Trustee is handling all matters affecting the Church appropriately. Consequently, all Parishes are hereby advised to discountenance any publication, proclamation and/or directives that may be issued by the said Senior Evangelist Tosho Oschoffa either by himself, agents or privies as such publication, proclamation and/or directives are made Mala Fide and of no effect.
4.      By the same token, all claims and publications either by Mr. Godwin Bolanle Shonekan or whosoever to the seat of the Pastor of Celestial Church of Christ Worldwide are unlawful and baseless and an attempt to deceive and/or confuse the unsuspecting members of the public and the church.
5.      There is no undue cause for alarm. All functionaries of the Church are advised to remain at their posts and do all within their ability to keep the church of God operating peacefully and more efficiently.
6.      Any Parish seeking advice or directive on any matter should refer to the Secretary, Board of Trustees, who will ensure that the matter receives appropriate action from the appropriate quarters.

The memo was jointly signed by Superior Evangelist O. Banjo and Superior Evangelist John R. Omotosho both members of the Board of Trustees. Others are Superior Evangelist Bola A. Akinterinwa, the Secretary to the Board of Trustees and Superior Evangelist Pius Olanrewaju who is the treasurer of the Board of Trustees.

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