KanyiDaily recalls that following the death of Prophet TB Joshua, Evelyn was appointed as the new leader of the SCOAN church despite the leadership tussle.
In a statement signed by one Adedeji Opeyemi, President of GCSM, and Secretary, Brown Chimieze, the church members rejected Evelyn as the new leader of SCOAN.
The members argued that the late Joshua expected his successor to be chosen among his ordained pastors, and not his wife who is neither an anointed pastor nor a founding member of the church.
“We are worried about the emergence of Mrs Evelyn Joshua, the wife of the late founder who made unilateral declaration of herself as the new leader of the Church,” the statement reads.
“She claimed a congregation of 2000 Church members appointed her. This is ridiculous: Where did the meeting hold? Was it through a Yes vote? Was it through election? Was it through ‘anointing’ by the 2000 members?
“Where is the resolution of the 2000 members? Can 2000 members pick a successor in a Church with millions of members all over the world in five continents? What is the constitution of the Church? Was it followed?
“Pastor TB Joshua never ran the Church on the basis of profit. Today, there is a design by the newly self-imposed leader, Mrs Evelyn Joshua to commercialise every activity in the Church for money.
“Mrs. Evelyn Joshua is not a Pastor. She was never anointed by Pastor Joshua. She was not part of the founding members of the Church. What is the basis of her emergence as the person now parading herself as the new leader?
“Under the aegis of SCOAN Congress, made up of members from 188 countries, we shall continue to inform and educate the public, peoples all over the world on every development at SCOAN until wisdom, the ways of God and common sense prevail.”
KanyiDaily recalls that Bishop Ufuoma Bernard of The Godist Church had also criticized Evelyn Joshua for “muscling” her way into SCOAN’s leadership.