Bishop George Adjeman was a spiritual son of Bishop Oyedepo, serving at the Nigerian Headquarters faithfully. He rose through the ranks gradually. People in Ghana who were following the ministry of Oyedepo were increasing, as the church had been planted in Ghana in 1996 and soon, they boasted of 14 branches.
Bishop Oyedepo released Bishop Agyeman to come and oversee the church officially in 2002. Bishop Adjeman who was one of the few Ghanaians around central leadership in Nigeria, has thus become one of Bishop David Oyedepo 's trusted disciples who worked in the ministry for many years and was ordained bishop. He was thus promoted to head Winners Chapel Ghana. Within few years, the church was one of the biggest and prosperous in Ghana, strengthening the already planted 14 branches and starting some more.
Then suddenly, Bishop Agyeman together with a few of the leaders disagreed with the manner, they had to repatriate some of the church's funds to the global headquarters in Nigeria, as is the norm of all churches, to be able to help the church oversee all of its global projects, as the church is run as one entity from its global administrative hub.
This was not the only reason, as this action of his led to Bishop Oyedepo in 2004, attempts to transfer him to Winners Chapel Ibadan, Nigeria, but Bishop Adjeman disagreed, staged a takeover of Winners Chapel's Ghana branch with support of some Ghanaian leaders.
When Ghana government authorities in Ghana called for churches to be licensed as corporations, Bishop Adjeman outfoxed Winners Chapel Nigeria, went ahead to re-register the church under a new name, Winners Ghana chapel, omitted the names of all Nigerian trustees and took over the properties of their employers. Later Monsignor Adjeman re-registered the church under his own name.
All attempts were made by the Pentecostal Pentecostal Council to address the ownership issue, eventually, two parties emerged and the church was spilled down in the center. The faction of Oyedepo (now known as Winners Chapel Intl, Ghana), and the faction of the Adjeman, known as Winners Chapel Ghana.
The Oyedepo faction (WCI), which started again in the crisis of 2004, now has a network of more than 200 churches. However Winners Chapel Ghana led by Adjeman is yet to see any of such explosion. In fact, since the split, Ghana's participation in the annual Shiloh has quadrupled or so, and keeps increasing, something Oyedepo has shared consistently to indicate that, if God's hand is on something, nothing can stop its increase!
There have been back and forth in the courts of Ghana and the latest ruling in December 2020 passed this judgement.
The summary of the judgment and the consequential reliefs granted are:1. The judgment of the trial high court, which initially granted Adjeman victory, is reversed.
2. All properties acquired or funded by WCI (1st and 2nd Plaintiffs) now officially belongs to Oyedepo’s church
3. The church is entitled to recover its properties at East Legon, 16 Otublohum Road, Industrial Area, all places of worship and items of worship of the church occupied by Adjeman and Winners Chapel, Ghana.
4. The Registrar General is to delete the names of Adjeman and the defendants from its records as directors and subscribers of Winners Chapel and restore the names of the church and its directors and subscribers in their stead.
5. Adjeman is to render an account of his stewardship to the church from January 16, 2004 to date and pay any moneys due the church with interest at the prevailing commercial bank interest rate.
6. Oyedepo’s church is entitled to the exclusive use of the name “Winners Chapel” and Adjeman and the other defendants are injuncted in perpetuity from using the name.
Winners Chapel insiders say they believe Adjeman, will appeal the ruling at the Supreme Court of Ghana. But we cannot help, but drop pics OBTAINED FROM THEIR SOCIAL MEDIA HANDLES, SO YOU COMPARE AND CONTRAST YOURSELF! And maybe, we can all agree or disagree whether LOYALTY pays or not? The ball is in your court!
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