The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abia State, Prof. Uche Ikonne is dead.
Ikonne, who has been sick since November 2022, has been reportedly receiving medical attention outside the state.
A statement by his son, Dr Uche-Ikonne Chikezie said he died at the National Hospital, Abuja in the early hours of Wednesday.
The son wrote: “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 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 development, The Nation reports, is causing ripples in the state with many party supporters thrown into a panic.