The Isiala Ngwa North Local Government Area, where the late Prof. Uche Ikonne lived, has been given the vacant governorship seat by the Abia State PDP chapter.
Ikonne, the Abia PDP candidate for governor, passed away on January 25, 2022, and the Independent National Electoral Commission subsequently ordered a new primary to be held within 14 days to elect his replacement.
The decision was taken by the Abia PDP State Caucus in a meeting on Sunday, according to a statement by Abia PDP Vice Chairman/Acting State Publicity Secretary, Abraham Amah.
The caucus members were drawn from across the State including Abia North, Ikwuano/Umuahia, Ukwa East and Ukwa West Local Government areas.
Among those present at the meeting were the State Governor, His Excellency, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu; the deputy governor of Abia State, Dr. Ude Chukwu; former governor of Abia State, Senator Theodore Orji; the Speaker of the Abia State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Engr. Chinedum Enyinnaya Orji; and the other two senatorial candidates of the PDP, namely Senator Mao Ohuabunwa and Austin Akobundu.
Also present at the meeting were the statutory members of the Abia PDP State Caucus except one who sent in an apology for his absence.
The PDP urged members to support the decision of the party caucus and work towards a successful primary election coming up on February 4, 2023.
It also called on members to remain vigilant and expect more information and briefings from the Publicity Department of the Abia PDP in due course.