Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, has tested positive for COVID-19.
State Commissioner for Information, John Kalu, disclosed this in a statement on Monday.
The statement said the governor had gone into isolation before his result returned positive, adding that he had directed the deputy governor to act on his behalf pending the time he resumes duty.
According to the statement, ”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, the result of Governor Ikpeazu’s test returned negative.
”On Thursday, 4th June, 2020, the governor submitted another sample at NCDC laboratory for confirmation and the result returned positive.
The information commissioner added that Ikpeazu urged the people of the state to take the fight against COVID-19 serious as the disease is real but not a death sentence.