The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abia State, Prof Uchenna Ikonne is dead.
His death was announced in a statement on Wednesday by his son, Dr Uche-Ikonne Chikezie.
According to the younger Ikonne, the PDP governorship candidate died around 4am today, January 25, 2023 after a brief illness. He died at the National Hospital Abuja.
“He was recovering after taking proper treatment in the United Kingdom but relapsed a few days ago leading to multiple cardiac arrests for 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,” the statement partly read.
The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba told Channels Television that the party will issue a statement after receiving briefing from the state chapter.
Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, in a statement, commiserated with the family of the deceased and directed that all flags in the state be lowered.
“While we condole with the family of the late Professor of Optometry, the PDP family and Abians in general, we pray God to have mercy on his soul, grant him eternal rest and give everyone affected by his unfortunate demise the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss,” he said.
“As a mark of honour to our dear departed brother, I hereby direct that all flags in Abia State PDP offices be lowered and flown at half mast while all campaign activities for the party at all levels be suspended until Monday, 30th January, 2023.
“I urge all PDP leaders and members to remain calm as we navigate through this difficult period together.”