Governor Victor Ikpeazu of Abia State has mourned the death of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Gubernatorial candidate in the State, Prof Eleazar Ikonne who died on Wednesday at the National Hospital, Abuja after a brief illness.
Reacting, Ikpeazu in a statement he personally signed said that Ikonne died after a brief illness.
He commiserated with the family of the late Professor of Optometry, the PDP family and all Abians.
Ikpeazu also directed that all flags in Abia State PDP offices be lowered and flown at half-mast
”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,” he said.
The Governor urged all PDP leaders and members to remain calm “as they navigate through this difficult period together.”
Similarly, the Abia State chapter of the party has reacted to the death of Prof Eleazar Ikonne.
In a statement issued on Wednesday by the Vice Chairman/Acting State Publicity Secretary of the PDP, the Party noted that his death was very painful, coming at a time he was recuperating from illness.
The statement also indicated that the State Party hierarchy had suspended all campaign activities for three days from tomorrow as a sign of respect and love for the deceased.
The statement partly read: “Abia PDP regrets to announce the death of Prof Eleazar Uche Ikonne, her gubernatorial candidate in the 2023 general election.
“Following his death, the State Party hierarchy hereby suspends all campaign activities for three days from tomorrow as a sign of respect and love for the soul of our fallen compatriot.
“As we mourn his passage, we commiserate with his immediate family, the Abia State governor, His Excellency Dr Okezie Victor Ikpeazu, all members of our great Party, the PDP and the good people of Abia State, on the death of this illustrious son of the State. We call on the members of the PDP to remain calm and steadfast and await further directives from the leadership of the Party.”
The statement added that Ikonne had served as the Rector of Abia State Polytechnic, Aba, and as the Vice Chancellor of the State-owned university, Abia State University, Uturu.