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Wednesday, January 25, 2023

CAUSE OF DEATH: Abia PDP Governorship Candidate, Prof Uche Ikonne, is Dead

Information reaching Kossyderrickent has it that Abia PDP Governorship Candidate, Prof Uche Ikonne Eleazar, is Dead.

Taking to social media, IGBERETV, confirmed that Uche Ikonne has passed away.

Nduka Nwosu asks who the contenders and pretenders are, among PDP hawks seeking to replace Uche Ikonne as Abia PDP Governorship candidate

Even before the admission last week by Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu that Abia State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governorship candidate Professor Uche Ikonne, was down with an ailment that has kept him out of public view, the news of the jostle for his replacement was already abuzz in the state.

Who would be a substitute for Ikonne as the PDP governorship candidate in the March Governorship election if indeed the speculation is right that there is a groundswell of campaign in search of a new governorship candidate?

One opinion held the view the governor was having issues asking Ikonne to step down considering the implications of going to the polls with an absentee governorship candidate; another said it was in order as far as the electoral act and the constitution have no issues with that. In fact, a former governor of the state was in detention when he was declared winner of the contest.

In the release signed by Salahudeen Lukman, President, Gbe Benjamin Orduen, National Secretary and Elekwachi Joshua, Coordinator, South East Zone, the PDP youths said Ikonne who had been under “intensive care abroad and his inability to recuperate in the past 60 days” confirmed talks that he was not a suitable candidate.

The PDP youths said, “The quarterly report of our Election Campaign Monitoring Committee of our Movement headed by National Director of Planning and Strategy from Abia State, South East Nigeria reveals this subject matter, presented to us as a case study today, hence our open call for immediate action by our party National Leadership and all well meaning stakeholders of the PDP in the South East and most critical, Abia State.

“It's no longer news that the defection of Mr Peter Obi from our great party PDP to become the Presidential standard bearer of Labour Party has significantly threatened our usual bloc votes from the South East. It therefore means that the little strong hold we have in the South East such as Abia and Enugu states, must be jealously managed and protected.

“It's time to sacrifice for PDP's victory which shall mark our collective success at the 2023 polls.

“The unfortunate incident of collapse on health ground of Prof Uchenna Ikonne, the Abia State PDP Governorship candidate on the occasion of Abia State PDP Campaign Kick off at Umuahia on 24th November, 2022 and since then he has not returned, seen or sighted in any forum, be it public or private gathering, calls for urgent action.”

“The credible alternative before our party remains the substitution of Runner up of the PDP Abia State Gubernatorial Primary Election as consensus candidate to replace the ailing Prof Uchenna Ikonne.

“This became very sacrosanct and imperatively important to enable the good people of Abia and PDP members in Abia state continue to stand with our great party.

“Any attempt to impose or continue foisting on them a proven incapacitated individual as Gubernatorial candidate will amount to deliberate ridicule, insensitivity and gross wickedness on the state despite their long time loyalty and firm support and believe in our great party since inception of the 4th republic in 1999,” the PDP members added.

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