Prof. Uchenna Ikonne, a PDP contender for the Abia State governor’s seat in the March 11 election, has passed away.

He passed away on Wednesday at the National Hospital in Abuja, according to report.

He had previously been treated in a hospital in the United Kingdom.

His son Chikezie confirmed Ikonne’s passing in a statement he made on the family’s behalf.

“I regret to inform the passing of my loving father, Prof. Eleazar Uchenna Ikonne, who passed away at the National Hospital Abuja today, January 25, 2023, at 4am, following a brief illness,” the message said.

He was recuperating after receiving the right care in the United Kingdom, but a few days ago, he relapsed, resulting in many cardiac arrests from which he did not survive.

After family discussions and meetings, “more details and preparations would be made known to the public.”

Ikonne’s illness was just revealed by Abia State Governor Okezie Ikpeazu last week.

Ikonne was “recovering gradually and progressively,” the Governor had assured.

Ikonne is progressively recovering, which is the progress I wish to convey.

The Governor then stated, “He will be strong enough to join in the future.”