Abia State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has zoned its gubernatorial seat for the 2023 general elections to Isiala Ngwa North Local Government Area of the state
According to a statement signed by Hon. Abraham Amah, Abia PDP Vice Chairman/Acting State Publicity Secretary, the decision was taken after a meeting of the Abia PDP State Caucus on Sunday, 29th January, 2023.
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This is part of the move to replace the governorship candidate in Abia State, Prof. Eleazar Uche Ikonne, who died on 25th January 2023.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), had subsequently directed the party to conduct a fresh primary within 14 days to replace the dead Prof. Uche Ikonne.
Isiala Ngwa is the home LGA of the late Prof. Uche Ikonne.
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Amah said the caucus membership was 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 Victor Ikpeazu; former governor of Abia State, Senator Theodore A. Orji; the Speaker of the Abia State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Chinedum Enyinnaya Orji; and the other two senatorial candidates of the PDP, namely Senator Mao Ohuabunwa and Col. Austin Akobundu respectively,” Amah stated.
“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.” Amah stated.
The Party urged members to support the decision of the caucus and work towards a successful primary election coming up on February 4, 2023.
The Party also called on members to remain vigilant and expect more information and briefings from the Publicity Department of the Abia PDP in due course.
Ikonne died at the National Hospital, Abuja, after a brief illness. His demise unsettled the party stakeholders who were already looking forward to the March 11 governorship election.