The governor of Abia state, Okezie Ikpeazu, has tested positive for COVID-19, his commissioner of information, John Okiyi Kalu announced in a statement on Monday.
Kalu said the governor had gone into isolation before his result returned positive, and that he has directed the deputy governor to act on his behalf until he recovers.
Recall that in March, the Mr. Ikpeazu had claimed that COVID-19 would not afflict Abia because the state is mentioned in the Bible.
The statement read, ”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.
”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.”
Mr. Ikpeazu is the fourth governor to contract COVID-19 after Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna, Seyi Makinde of Oyo, and Bala Mohammed of Bauchi.