Ikonne’s Death: How New Abia PDP Gov’ship Candidate Will Emerge


With the death of the Abia State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Prof. Uche Ikonne, on Wednesday morning in Abuja, just few weeks to the 2023 general election, the ruling party in the State will have to return to the drawing board to produce a new candidate before the March 11, 2023 governorship poll in the State.


Consequently, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is mandated by law to make some changes to accommodate the new development especially for another primary election to take place, according to the Electoral Act, 2022.


LEADERSHIP findings show that Section 34 (1) of the Electoral Act, 2022 stipulates that if a nominated candidate dies before an election begins, the election will be rescheduled within 14 days, by the chief national electoral commissioner of INEC.


Section 34 (1) of the Act states inter alia: “If after the time for the delivery of nomination paper and before the commencement of the poll, a nominated candidate…

Source: Leadership Newspaper