The governor of Abia state, Okezie Ikpeazu has tested positive for COVID-19. He is the fourth governor to test positive to the virus since its awareness was created in Nigeria February this year.
Other governors who had earlier tested positive are Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna, Seyi Makinde of Oyo and Bala Mohammed of Bauchi.
The state commissioner of information John Okiyi Kalu, confirmed the governor status in a statement on Monday. He said the governor has dropped sample twice for test which came out positive.
”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, he added.
”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.”