Chidoka, who officially flagged off his election campaign at Uli on Saturday, September 30 in a ceremony attended by thousands of supporters had after a church service, paid the revered monarch a courtesy visit in his palace at Nnewi to brief him on his ambition and campaign.
“May God grant you the wisdom, strength and divine guidance to pursue this legitimate passion that I see in you”, the Igwe said, while blessing Chief Chidoka with the laying of hands.
On his own part, the heir apparent to the Igwe, Prince Obi Anifor Orizu commended Chidoka for his courage in standing for the people’s rights and identity of ndi-Igbo at this trying time in the history of the southeast.
“Leadership requires a lot of courage. We all appreciate your courage in speaking out for the South East, particularly against the unfortunate military invasion in the South East and the terrorism designation. That shows you are a true leader who has the safety, interest and welfare of the people at heart”, he said.
Responding, Chief Chidoka thanked Igwe Orizu for receiving and praying for him and assured him that he will not let the people down.
Chidoka said he was not unmindful of the confidence the people reposed in him, noting that he was moved by the crowd of supporters who graced his campaign flag-off at Uli on Saturday.
He assured the Igwe that he would not relent in his “determination to restore the Igbo voice in Nigeria and use all legitimate means to end the inequity, marginalization and denial of access to opportunities being suffered by southeasterners in Nigeria”.
Earlier in the day, Chief Chioka had worshipped at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, Amichi also in Nnewi South Local Government Area where the priest, Rev. Fr. Augustine Ndukaji, besought God to grant him success in the race.