The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Abia state governorship candidate, Uchenna Ikonne, is dead.
Mr. Ikonne, a former professor and vice-chancellor of Abia State University Uturu, died on Wednesday, January 25, at about 4:00 am at the National Hospital, Abuja, according to a statement by his first son, Uche-Ikonne Chikezie. the family
“I regret to announce the death of my beloved father, Prof. Eleazar Uchenna Ikonne, who died at the National Hospital, Abuja today, January 25, 2023 by 4:00am after a brief illness.
He was recovering after receiving appropriate treatment in the UK, but a few days ago he again suffered multiple cardiac arrests from which he never recovered,” the statement said.
“Further details and arrangements would be made public after discussions and meetings within the family,” the statement added.
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State earlier this month confirmed that the PDP governorship candidate, Mr. Ikonne, was sick and therefore unable to attend political rallies ahead of the forthcoming general elections.
Mr. Ikpeazu’s confirmation came amid growing concern over Mr. Ikonne’s absence from rallies and other political events.
A journalist from Abia told PREMIUM TIMES that the late PDP governorship candidate collapsed during a rally and subsequently became indisposed.
In an earlier report by PREMIUM TIMES, Governor Ikpeazu said Mr. Ikonne had attended some rallies organized by the PDP in Abia, including the launch of the party’s statewide campaign on November 24, 2022 at the Umuahia Township Stadium.
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He said Mr. Ikonne left the stadium for a gala night organized in honor of the G-5 governors at his (Ikpeazu) Umuobiakwa farm in Obingwa, “where he managed to deliver a speech and then fell ill.”
“It’s unfortunate that you’ve been confused lately, but I want to report progress and the progress is that Ikonne is gradually and progressively recovering.
“He left the hospital and is convalescing.
“I am confident that in the future he will be strong enough to enter,” the governor said.
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