Three governorship aspirants on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), on Tuesday at Amagu community in Izzi Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, received the traditional blessings and prayers of Izzi elders ahead of the 2019 general elections.
Chief Edward Nkwegu, Chief Austine Edeze and Mr Chukwuma Nwandugo, were at Amagu, the ancestral home of the Izzi people for traditional blessing.
The trio who addressed journalists after receiving the traditional blessing, said the move was to prepare ahead of the 2019 contest.
The three aspirants who are indigenes of Izzi, noted that the blessings from the revered ‘Ishiuke’ traditional institution of Izzi, was necessary to enable them face the political contest with soundness of health and clear vision for the state.
“The visit today to Amagu community is symbolic because it is the ancestral home of Izzi land, which is hosting the Ebonyi State capital and also the largest ethnic group in Ebonyi State.
“We came not only to receive the traditional blessings but also to inform our fathers that we are interested and have declared our interest before our party to contest for the governorship of the state.
“We are willing to support whoever our party chooses as flag bearer for the election, and we are united in the struggle to actualise Ebonyi governor of Izzi extraction.
“No Izzi man has occupied the position of governor since the creation of Ebonyi State in 1996, and we want to break the jinx,” they said.
Nkwegu, who contested the Ebonyi State governorship election in 2015 under the Labour Party (LP), said the prayers and paternal blessings were key to success in any human endeavour, including political office aspiration.
“Our party, APC will soon release time table for party congresses and nomination, and we have decided to take our first step by embarking on this spiritual journey of coming to receive prayers and blessings from the elders of Izzi land.
“The prayers and blessings we have received were led by the oldest man in Izzi land and the exercise is highly symbolic. They prayed for unity of purpose and oneness of mind for the contestants, including physical and spiritual strength to go into the race.
“We on our part have pledged to promote the common interest of Ebonyi people and Izzi land in particular, and support whoever emerges as the governorship candidate of our party, ” he said.
Edeze said it was important that they receive the prayers and blessings of the people before embarking on the political journey, stressing that the exercise would give the aspirants both physical and spiritual strength.
The governorship aspirant who is the current chairman of the Governing Board, Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti, said the prayers and blessings they received would not only encourage, but fortify them to face the struggle.
“We are here to receive the authority of the Ishiuke from our ancestral home, here in Amagu, as we prepare for the 2019 gubernatorial election in Ebonyi. We are the children of Izzi/Nnodo clan and we are here to obtain the authority of custodians of our tradition through their prayers and blessings in order to fight and win in the forthcoming Ebonyi gubernatorial election, ” he said.
Nwandugo said they came to Ishiuke to receive spiritual support and backing through the prayers and blessings of the elders as they prepare ahead of 2019. “We have come home today because where we are today is the ancestral home of the Izzi ethnic group in Ebonyi State.
“We have come to pay our homage to our parents, to our elders and custodians of culture and traditions of our people.
“We are optimistic that the prayers and blessings we have received today will enable us to work and move with one mind, in one accord and to support who emerges out of the three of us as APC governorship candidate for Ebonyi State,” he said.
Ogbaedege Nkwuda, the oldest man in Izzi land, offered the prayers and blessings for the aspirants.