The apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo worldwide, has expressed grief on the passage of the Abia State People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Governorship candidate, Professor Uche Eleazar Ikonne.
Ikonne died at the age of 67(1956-2023).
Ohanaeze in a statement on Wednesday by its Secretary-General, Comrade Okechukwu Isiguzoro, extolled the exemplary and outstanding virtues of the deceased Ikonne while alive.
The pan-Igbo organization noted the immense contributions, ideas, and also the uncommon roles of professor Uche Ikonne in the Medical profession, academic development, and stability of Abia state.
According to the statement, the entire southeast will greatly miss his peaceful disposition that earned him numerous appointments including Rector Abia State Polytechnic Aba, 7th Vice-Chancellor of Abia State University Ututu and the PDP ticket for the Abia Guber election.
Ohanaeze further said that Professor Ikonne died at a time his vast and rich wealth of experience lofty ideas, his wise counselling are needed towards consolidating numerous monumental giant strides achieved by Governor Okezie Ikpeazu-led administration in the past seven years in Abia state.
“According to the Igbo ethnic nationality organization, “Ohanaeze Ndigbo call on the Government of Abia state to immortalize late Professor Ikonne for his patriotism and unquantifiable sacrifices.
“The new Government house should be named after the deceased. And we equally want to use this medium to call on the state government to honour this great gentleman with an organized befitting burial interment for his supportive sacrifices.
The statement, however, consoled the Ikonne family, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Abia State, the Government, and the people of Abia state on the shocking demise of the worthy Igbo Leader.
While praying to God to grant the deceased peaceful rest and offer the late Professor Uche Ikonne’s family fortitude to bear the huge loss.
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