The death has occurred of Prof Eleazear Uchenna Ikonne, the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, candidate for the governorship poll in Abia State this year.
Prof Ikonne’s death was announced in a statement signed by his son, Dr Uche-Ikonne Chikezie.
According to the statement, the gubernatorial candidate died on Wednesday, January 25,2023 at the National Hospital, Abuja by 4:00am after a brief illness.
It revealed that the candidate was recovering after taking proper treatment in the United Kingdom but relapsed a few days ago.
The statement added that the relapse led to multiple cardiac arrests for which he could not recover from.
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 4am 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 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”.
Prof Ikonne died less than two months to the governorship poll in Abia State slated for March 11, 2023.
According to Section 33 of the Electoral Act, the party is to conduct fresh primary poll to elect its flag bearer.