The Labour Party Governorship candidate in Enugu State, Chijioke Edeoga has suspended his planned campaigns in some wards in Eha-Amufu, Isi-Uzo Local Government Area of the State over the recent killing in the area by suspected Fulani herdsmen.
Suspected Fulani herdsmen were alleged to have invaded Eha-Amufu communities again on Monday night and slaughtered many residents, a development that turned survivors into refugees as they could be seen fleeing homes.
However, Edeoga who announced the suspension of the campaign during his visit to the area on Tuesday, said every campaign in the area would be put on hold in honour of those who lost their lives to the unprovoked attack.
Edeoga who visited Eha-Amufu Ward 2 and Eha-Amufu Ward 4, assured the people that all the killings would end if he won the election and sworn in by May 29, 2023.
He explained that his emergence as Labour Party governorship candidate in Enugu State was as a result of pressures from well meaning people of the state, as well as the Presidential candidate of the party, Mr. Peter Obi.
“We were to start from Ward 3 but we suspended it because of the killings. We have also postponed campaigns in other communities in Eha-Amufu here. We are so saddened over yet another killing of innocent people in our place.
“While we sympathise with the families of the victims, I want to assure you that all these will end when we win this election and are sworn-in by May 29, 2023.
“I’m into the race for service. After the PDP primary election, I decided to rest but pressures kept coming from all quarters in Enugu State, women, youths, elders.
“Even Our Presidential candidate, Mr. Peter Obi called me on the phone to come and contest; he said he wants me to fly the party’s flag. I was hesitant until it got to a point that I had no choice but to answer the call.”
He urged the people to support his candidature and that of other Labour Party candidates, as according to him, “the PDP has collapsed in Eha-Amufu, Enugu State and South-East. There is so much injustice and lies in the PDP; you can see how they denied Southern Nigeria the presidential ticket; so what are they going to tell us?”