Enugu: The Enugu State Labour Party Governorship candidate, Hon Chijioke Jonathan Edeoga, CJE, has stated emphatically that he has a clean record, after several decades of dedicated service and unblemished political career, daring whoever cared to “Go and verify”.
He made the assertion this Thursday evening during a grand civic reception organized in his honour by the entire seven Autonomous Communities of Eha-Amufu, Isiuzo LGA at St Philips Anglican Church, Eha-Amufu.
A mammoth crowd had gathered at Egedegede, Umuhuali, Nkalagu, Ishielu LGA of Ebonyi State, from where he was heralded into Eha-Amufu.
While addressing the mammoth crowd Edeoga started by expressing his appreciation to Rt Rev Dr Dan Nkemjika Olinya, Bishop of Eha-Amufu Anglican Diocese.
“I wish to thank our Bishop, Rt Rev Dr Dan Nkemjika Olinya for providing the venue for this event, St Philips, Anglican Church”
According to him, the Enugu State Government had denied organizers of the event access to other venues, they had intended using.
“The Enugu State Government denied the organizers access to other venues including Union Secondary School, Government Field, even Federal College of Education, brought by my father. I thank him for his courage.
“Today is among the happiest day of my life. God has already done it, those in the spirit, the clergy have seen it. We have served others, we have paid our dues.
Elaborating on the trajectory of his political career, he said:
When Chimaroke came for his Gubernatorial campaign (in 1998), I was already an elected Chairman. He was coming to my house in Onoh Quarters, GRA, Enugu to seek my support him and I supported. I was working in the Presidency under Jonathan when Ugwuanyi came to me in 2015, I supported so well that only an ingrate will not appreciate it.
“I said on radio, anyone who knows I stole Government money, come and say it. I have never stolen anyone’s money, I have never been jailed, or probed or investigated by EFCC. Waxing prophetic, he continued:
“Anyone that doesn’t know that I will be in Lion Building by next year is joking. God provided LP as a platform, we are not thieves. In the other parties, they are filled with thieves and people being probed by EFCC. No matter what they do, they can’t get me, I’m shielded by God, by the Holy Spirit. I’m not afraid, their thugs can’t get me, God is with me. “Finally, I re-dedicate myself before you, my people, that I shall serve you with the fear of God and dedication”
The event started with an opening prayer said by Rt Rev Dan Nkemjika Olinya, Bishop of Eha-Amufu Anglican Diocese.
Earlier on in his welcome speech, Evangelist Robert Eze, Chairman, Local Organizing Committee for the reception said, “Eha, today is welcoming Chijioke Edeoga because he is our son. That in other offices he held, he has delivered. That he is our first son to contest for Governor.
We are not here for campaign but whatever office you are vieing for, you shall reach there, you shall succeed in Jesus name.
Thereafter, all the clergy present prayed for him one after the other, then presented two cows. Equally the elders of Eha-Amufu presented an ọfọ, the Igbo traditional symbol of moral authority to him. It was followed by prayers by Eha-Amufu, who thereafter, presented a bouquet of flowers to him. Isiuzo women prayed for him as well.
Other dignitaries on his entourage were his running mate, Dr John Nwokeabia, Elder Chief Victor Oyibo Chukwu, Esq, LP Enugu East Senatorial candidate, Hon Prince Emeka Mamah, former Commissioner for Rural Development and LP Igboeze North/Udenu Federal Constituency, Hon George Ugwu, Director of Communications, Edeoga – Nwokeabia Campaign Organization, Prof DenChris Onah, Ochiagha Mbu