It was an extremely solemn event, yesterday, as Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, and his wife, visited and condoled with the Ikonne family over the death of their father, former vice chancellor of Abia State University and gubernatorial candidate of Peoples Democratic Party for the 2023 election, Uche Ikonne.

Speaking at the condolence visit to his Umuahia residence, the governor described the loss as shocking, enormous and irreparable, adding, however, that no one can question the Almighty God.

He regretted that all human efforts made to save Ikonne’s life proved abortive and it was clear that God called him home. 

According to the governor, Ikonne was a good, fearless and courageous man who also died in his belief in Christ.

Governor Ikpeazu expressed the hope that a glorious life awaits him hereafter and urged his wife, who is the state Solicitor General and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice, Uzoamaka Uche Ikonne, his first son, Chike Uche-Ikonne, family members and others affected by the death to take heart.

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The governor said his love, vision and dream for a better Abia led him to Ikonne as a worthy successor from May 29 because of his forthrightness, courage, record of service, experience and dedication to Abia State. 

Responding on behalf of the family, Chike Ikonne thanked the governor for identifying with his family in their moment of grief and for the role he played in ensuring their father lived, stressing that they have accepted the misfortune as the will of God.

The governor later signed the condolence register before leaving the residence. 

The governor’s wife, Nkechi Ikpeazu, the member representing Umunneochi state constituency, Okey Igwe, and some stakeholders, including Chris Odinaka Igwe, Chinedum Elechi, Raymond Aliga, among others joined Governor Ikpeazu, to the condolence visit.