The Commissioner for information in Abia state; John Kalu on Monday has Revealed that the Governor of the state; Okezie Ikpeazu has tested positive to COVID-19.
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, The result of Governor Ikpeazu’s test returned negative,” he said.
On Thursday, 4th June, 2020, the Governor submitted another sample at NCDC laboratory for
confirmation and the result returned positive. Kalu said According to him, the governor had gone into isolation before his result returned positive. Mr Ikpeazu joins a growing list of state governors
who have tested positive for the virus. Others include Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna, Seyi Makinde
of Oyo and Bala Mohammed of Bauchi, all of
whom have recovered from the virus. The governor had last week mandated all members of his cabinet to go for test after a member of the cabinet tested positive for the
virus. ”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,” he added.
”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. The state, according to latest figures released by
NCDC, has a total of 83 confirmed coronavirus