The Cross River State Commissioner for Information, Chief Akin Ricketts has assured that the state governor, Liyel Imoke, is not dead. He added that at the moment, the governor, who is ill, is recuperating on his hospital bed abroad.
In reaction to rumour making the rounds in the state that Imoke is dead, Rickett said the governor officially wrote to the state House of Assembly last week that he was handing over to his deputy, Efiok Cobham, to enable him proceed on two months accumulated leave.
“There is no iota of truth in the rumour making the round in the state and beyond that Governor Liyel Imoke is dead. He is not dead, he is now recuperating. There are strong indications that he would soon return to the country”, he said.
The governor’s chief press secretary, Christian Ita, in a statement last Thursday said Imoke had been away from office in search of medical attention. The ailment was not disclosed.
The statement said, “Some three weeks ago, His Excellency Governor Liyel Imoke took a short break after a long, hectic and eventful year, all preparatory to the start of the busy Calabar Festival season. He used the opportunity to undergo medicals, and in the course of so doing, was advised by his doctors to undergo further medical evaluation. Accordingly, His Excellency will be proceeding on a two-month accumulated leave with effect from December 6. In line with the provisions of the Constitution, His Excellency Efiok Cobham, the deputy governor will act in his place.”