The governor travelled abroad for treatment for an undisclosed ailment.
The Cross River State Governor, Liyel Imoke, who travelled abroad for treatment for an undisclosed ailment is recuperating and not dead, the state’s Commissioner for Information, Akin Ricketts, has said.
“There is no iota of truth in the rumour making the round in the state and beyond that Gov. Liyel Imoke is dead,’’ the commissioner said at a news briefing on Friday in Calabar.
Mr. 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 a two-month accumulated leave.
“He (Mr. Imoke) is not dead, he is now recuperating. There are strong indications that he will soon return to the country,” he said.
The governor’s Chief Press Secretary and Special Assistant on Media, Christian Ita, had in a statement on December 6 explained that Mr. Imoke was away on medical grounds.
The statement did not disclose the ailment but explained that Mr. Imoke started a two-month accumulated leave on December 7.
According to the statement, Mr. Imoke has informed the State House of Assembly through a letter to the Speaker, Larry Odey, that Mr. Cobham will act for the duration of the leave in line with the provisions of the constitution.