The Governor of Abia state, Okezie Ikpeazu has been confirmed to have tested positive for COVID-19 and has reportedly handed the State to his deputy to act on his behalf.
The state commissioner of information, John Okiyi Kalu, made the announcement on Monday.
In his statement he said the governor had gone into isolation before his result returned positive, as he has been showing symptoms to the virus.
“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.”