Stephen Ukandu, Umuahia
The governorship candidate of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Professor Uche Ikonne, is reported dead.
He was said to have died at the National Hospital Abuja on Wednesday.
A release by his son, Dr Chikezie Uche-Ikonne, confirmed the demise of the former Vice Chancellor who was seen last in the public in November 2022 after he was presented as candidate at the Umuahia Township Stadium.
The statement obtained by Ikengaonline read in part: “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.”
The statement said that “further details and arrangements would be made known to the public after deliberations and meetings are made within the family.”