Abia state governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, has tested positive for the coronavirus, few days after a key member of his cabinet died of suspected COVID-19 complications.
The development was disclosed on Monday by Abia State Commissioner for Information, Chief John Okiyi, who said the Governor has directed his Deputy, Rt Hon Ude Oko Chukwu, to act on his behalf pending his full resumption of duties.
The statement reads in parts;
“Recall that on Saturday, 30th May, 2020, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu volunteered his sample for COVID-19 test and subsequently directed members of the state Executive Council (EXCO) and those of the inter ministerial committee on COVID-19 to submit themselves for the same test. On Tuesday, 2nd June, 2020. Tthe result of Governor Ikpeazu’s test returned negative.”
“On Thursday, 4th June, 2020, the Governor submitted another sample at the Nigeria Center For Disease Control (NCDC) laboratory for confirmation and the result returned positive.”
“As a result, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has gone into isolation, as required by relevant NCDC protocols, and he is being managed by a competent team of medical practitioners with a view to nursing him back to good health.”
“Consequent on the above, the Governor has directed his Deputy, Rt Hon Ude Oko Chukwu, to act on his behalf pending his full resumption of duties.”
“We wish to urge all Abians to take the fight against COVID-19 serious as the disease is real but not a death sentence. Our state has the resources to manage patients back to good health.”
The governor had gone into isolation before his result returned positive, and directed the deputy governor to act on his behalf pending the time he resumes duty.
Today’s Echo had reported that Ikpeazu had directed all members of the state executive council and the COVID-19 Inter-ministerial Committee to immediately undergo Covid-19 tests and thereafter isolate selves following the tests conducted on the family and close associates of a deceased member.