Three months after saying that Coronavirus can’t get to Abia State because it is the only State mentioned in the Bible, governor Okezie Ikpeazu, has tested positive for COVID-19.
John Okiyi Kalu, commissioner of information in the state, announced the case in a statement on Monday.
He 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 pending the time he resumes duty.
“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 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.” he said.
Ikpeazu is the fourth governor to contract the coronavirus, after Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna, Seyi Makinde of Oyo, and Bala Mohammed of Bauchi.