From Okey Sampson, Umuahia

The National Working Committee (NWC) of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), on Monday, paid Governor Okezie Ikpeazu condolence visit at Government House, Umuahia over the death the party’s Governorship candidate, Prof Uche Ikonne.

Speaking during the visit, Ikpeazu assured members of the PDP in the State and across the country that the party remains strong, viable and united even as the party members mourn the death of her gubernatorial candidate, Professor Ikonne.

Ikpeazu said the death of Ikonne was a huge setback for the members of the party in the state, but that the party has sufficient resilience and strenght to deal with the setback and bounce back to win the 2023 elections.

He thanked the National Leadership of the party for their show of support and solidarity with the Abia State Chapter at this trying moment, and assured the Abia PDP shall rise from the ashes of the current despair to record a massive victory at the elections.

While stating that the PDP remains the party of choice in the State, Ikpeazu
inform the delegation that the State Caucus of the party met the previous day and agreed to retain the zoning formula which will lead to the emergence of the new candidate from Isiala Ngwa North LGA, the home LGA of late Professor Ikonne.

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Governor Ikpeazu told the delegation that the PDP remains the largest reservoir of human resources in the politics of Abia State, assuring them PDP will win all elections in Abia State.

The leader of the delegation and Deputy National Chairman, North of the party, Ambassador Umar Damagum had earlier told the Governor that the delegation was in the State to condole with the Governor, party members and the entire people of Abia State on the death of Professor Ikonne.

He described the late Ikonne as an accomplished intellectual and experienced administrator whose emergence as Governor of Abia State would have led to the fast tracking of development in the State.

He said the National Chairman of the party, Dr Iyorchia Ayu and the Presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar are deeply pained by the death of Professor Ikonne who shared several developmental ideas with them.

He assured that the NWC of the Party will work closely with the Abia State Chapter to hold peaceful and credible primary election next Saturday.