Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia Stateon Monday, he confirmed that the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for governor in Abia state, Uche Ikonne, is ill.

Ikpeazu made the confirmation on a local radio show, monitored by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Umuahia.

However, the governor said Ikonne was “gradually and progressively recovering”.

According to him, Ikonne attended some demonstrations organized by the PDP in Abia, including the launch of the party’s state campaign on November 24, 2022 at the Umuahia Municipality Stadium.

He said Ikonne left the stadium for a gala evening, hosted in honor of the G-5 governors at his (Ikpeazu) Umuobiakwa country house in Obingwa, “where he managed to give a speech and then fell ill.”

“It is unfortunate that he has been unwell lately, but I want to report some progress and the progress is that Ikonne is gradually and progressively recovering.

“He has left the hospital and is going through a convalescence.

“I am sure that it will be strong enough in the future to join,” the governor said.

Governor Ikpeazu urged residents of the state to keep hope alive, assuring them that Ikonne would soon recover.

He said that his absence from the political space this time “will not define the progress of the campaigns or the agenda of the PDP in the state.

“It could be the wish of the detractors that Ikonne’s absence be prolonged,” he said.

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He recalled that when he himself was ill, “the permutations would change and people would assign positions to themselves.

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“I’m sure they even took my wife,” the governor said.

NAN reports that speculation about Ikonne’s health problem became rife, following her sudden retirement from public duties after the stadium event.

Meanwhile, Ikpeazu has said that no other party had the ability to displace the PPD in the state.

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He said that “the PDP is very, very powerful” in Abia and that no other party compares to it in terms of strength.

He said: “Some of them may have supporters in one or two local governments, but they cannot put 100 people each in Abia.”

He also spoke about some of the achievements of his management.

Ikpeazu, who is the senatorial candidate for Abia Sur, has vowed to perform well in the Senate if he receives the mandate.

He is in the running against the incumbent, Enyinnaya Abaribe, who is seeking to return to the Senate for a fifth term.


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