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Abia PDP guber candidate dies of cardiac arrest

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Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan is a graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via, or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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The Governorship Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Abia, Prof. Uche Ikonne, is dead.

This is contained in a statement signed by his first son, Dr Chikezie Uche-Ikonne, and posted on the Facebook page of the Abia Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Eze Chikamnayo, on Wednesday.

It states: “I regret to announce the death of my dear father, Prof. Eleazar Uchenna Ikonne, who died at the National Hospital Abuja today, 25th Jan. by 4am after a brief illness.

“He was recovering after taking proper treatment in the United Kingdom but relapsed a few days ago leading to multiple cardiac arrests for which he didn’t recover from.

“Further details and arrangements would be made known to the public after deliberations and meetings are made within the family.”

Mr Ikonne, who hails from Agburuke Nsulu, Isialangwa North Local Government Area, was born on Aug. 15, 1956.

He was married to Uzoamaka, the state Solicitor-General, Ministry of Justice, and had two male children.

Ikonne, a Professor of Optometry, was appointed the seventh substantive Vice Chancellor of the Abia State University, Uturu, after serving as Rector, Abia State Polytechnic, Aba.

Several attempts made to get Chikamnayo to comment on the incident were unsuccessful as he could not respond to calls put across to him.


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