Governor Okezie Victor Ikpeazu of Abia State has ordered the suspension of all campaigns of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state following the death of Prof Eleazar Uchenna Ikonne, the governorship candidate of the party in the state.
Ikonne died at the National Hospital, Abuja, today, his family announced.
Aside suspension of campaigns, Gov Ikpeazu also directed that PDP flags across the state be flown at half mast.
The statement read, “It is with a heavy heart but total submission to the will of God that we announce the passing of our Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate for the 2023 general elections, Prof Eleazar Uchenna Ikonne, which sad event took place in the early hours of today at the National Hospital, Abuja, after a brief illness.
“While we condole with the family of the late Professor of Optometry, the PDP family and Abians in general, 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.
“I urge all PDP leaders and members to remain calm as we navigate through this difficult period together.”