Abia Governor, Okezie Victor Ikpeazu, PhD, has reacted to the death of Professor Eleazar Uchenna Ikonne, the governorship candidate of the party in the state.
Ikpeazu in a statement personally signed by him prayed God to grant the soul of the late Professor eternal rest and to those he left behind, the fortitude to bear the loss.
Professor Ikonne died on Wednesday at the National Hospital Abuja today by 4am after a brief illness, according to a statement by his family.
Ikpeazu further directed “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.”
He also urged all leaders and members of the party to remain calm as they seek for a way out of the terrible situation.
The statement reads:
“It is with a heavy heart but total submission to the will of God that we announce the passing of our Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate for the 2023 general elections, Prof Eleazar Uchenna Ikonne, which sad event took place in the early hours of today at the National Hospital, Abuja, after a brief illness.
“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.
“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.”