Ikonne’s Demise A Huge Setback For PDP, Ikpeazu Says As NWC Pay Condolence
Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu has described the demise of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) Governorship candidate for the 2023 elections, Prof Uche Ikonne as a huge setback for the members of the party.
He however noted that the party is blessed with sufficient resilience and strength to deal with the setback and bounce back to win the 2023 elections.
The Governor stated this, Monday,when he received a delegation of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the Party which was on a Condolence and Solidarity Visit to the State at Government House Umuahia.
He assured that members of the PDP in the state remains strong, viable and united even as the party members mourn the death of her gubernatorial candidate, the Late Professor Uche Ikonne.
Governor Ikpeazu thanked the National Leadership of the party for their show of support and solidarity with the Abia State Chapter at her trying moment and assured that the Abia PDP shall rise from the ashes of the current despair to record a massive victory at the elections.
Ikpeazu said that the PDP remains the largest reservoir of human resources in the politics of Abia State, noting that practically all the Gubernatorial Candidates of the other parties in the State are former PDP members, with a good number of them leaving the party on account of their personal ambitions which ran contrary to the position of the party.
He used the opportunity to inform the delegation that the State Caucus of the party have 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 the Late Professor Ikonne.
Speaking earlier, the leader of the delegation and Deputy National Chairman, North of the party, Ambassador Umar Damagum said that the delegation was in the Abia state, to condole with the Governor, party members and the entire people of Abia State on the death of the party’s gubernatorial flag bearer,Professor Uche Ikonne.
He described the Late Professor 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.
According to him, 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 adding that no one could question the decision of God.
Ambassador Damagum charged members of the PDP to take up the challenge and win the election as a fitting tribute to the memory of the Late Professor noting that the party has what it takes to raise a replacement immediately.
He assured that the National Working Committee of the Party will work closely with the Abia State Chapter of the party to hold peaceful and credible primary election next Saturday, adding that if not for the party’s rally at Zamfara State today, the entire membership of the National Working Committee would have been in Abia State today to show support and solidarity.
Other members of the delegation include the National Secretary of the party, Senator Sam Anyanwu and the National Legal Adviser, Kamaldeen Ajibade, SAN while the Deputy Governor, Sir Ude Oko Chukwu, Secretary to Government, Barrister Chris Ezem, Chief of Staff to the Governor, Chief Okey Ahiwe,, PDP Board of Trustees member and former Deputy Governor, Rt Hon Eric Acho Nwakanma, members of the State Working Committee of the Party led by the State Chairman, Rt Hon Asiforo Okere and other key stakeholders of the party were present during the visit.
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