With less than just four weeks to the general elections, the Abia state Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), Professor Uche Ikonne, has died in the early hours of Wednesday.
Uche Ikonne, son of the late PDP Guber candidate, in a statement on Wednesday, made the announcement on behalf of the family.
The release which did not disclosed the kind of sickness that eventually led to the sudden demise of the late politician, only stated that Uche Ikonne died after a brief illness at the National Hospital, Abuja.
The statement reads: “I regret to announce the death of my dear father, Prof Eleazar Uchenna Ikonne, who died at the National Hospital Abuja, today, 25th January, 2023 by 4 am after a brief illness.
“He was recovering after taking proper treatment in the United Kingdom but relapsed a few days ago leading to multiple cardiac arrests from which he didn’t recover from.
“Further details and arrangements would be made known to the public after deliberations and meetings are made within the family”.
It would however be recalled that some politicians in the state had criticized the incumbent Abia Governor, Okezie Victor Ikpeazu for handpicking the late Prof. Uche Ikonne as his immediate successor.
Their grouse against Ikpeazu’s Governorship candidate choice for the PDP was predicated on his failing health which the Governor seems to ignored.
Consequently, some of the party members opted to alert the general public of the current health status of the Abia state PDP Governorship candidate but others with invested interest, insisted that the late Prof Ikonne was hale healthy for the 2023 democratic race.