by crossriverwatch admin
The Hope Democratic Party in Cross River State has demanded the whereabouts of the State Governor, Senator Liyel Imoke.
In a statement signed by the party’s publicity secretary in the State, Mr. Joseph Ekwere and sent to crossriverwatch, the party accused the Governor of going on incessant foreign trips that are of no economic benefits to the state.
Part of the statement reads: “We the people of CRS demand to know where the Governor is and we must submit that he was elected to serve the people, and he presented self to offer service and improve the lives of the people on his volition”.
“HDP submits that since May 29, 2007, we have a foreign-based Governor in CRS. We have a Governor with Government Houses in London and Washington and who has audaciously made more than 592 foreign trips ostensibly for self-serving jamboree and business holidays. These wasteful trips to oyibo countries have never added any value to the development of CRS. And lately, Governor Imoke has gone on AWOL for the past 10days without reason and no information on his current where about”.
The statement said the party is “aware the Governor has visited the UK for medical review and re-assessment”.
They questioned, “why the Governor who claims to have done well in the Health sector seek treatment and medical review abroad when he ought to have sought treatment in the up-graded General Hospitals in Calabar and Akamkpa. We make bold to say that CRSG has no functional hospital that offers standard treatment, what we have as state hospitals are mere consulting mortuaries where embalmment takes place”.
In its reaction, the ruling PDP admonished the HDP to always get their facts right before running to the press. Speaking through the State Publicity Secretary, Hon. Joe Obi Bisong, the party challenged the HDP to produce facts to support their claim that the governor has made 592 foreign trips.
He said: “it is important that when people come to you (crossriverwatch) with this kind of information, you challenge them to produce facts. The opposition party accusing the state government of having mere consulting mortuaries should do a comparative analysis of the state of the hospitals before Imoke took over as governor of the state. No doubt, the governor has transformed the hospitals and what we have there today is a far departure from the past”.
On why the governor went oversea for treatment, the PDP contended that, “there is no country in the world that has attained medical independence. Even the in the United States, people are still being taken outside the country for medical treatment. Besides, it is the right of anyone who has the means to decide to take treatment in any part of the world that he or she desires”.
In a chat with the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Christian Ita, he told crossriverwatch that: “The Governor just went for his routine medical check-up. He is expected back in the country tomorrow”.
Mr. Ita debunked claims in some quarters that the governor travelled with fourteen aides wondering where the state will get money to finance that kind of a trip.
He said: “Honestly, there is no money in this State now. For obvious reasons, the State is grappling with resources and the governor is cutting down on so many things including even local travels. He does not even have up to fourteen aides, so whoever is peddling that rumor is not saying the truth. The governor travelled with only one person and that is all”.
Crossriverwatch gathered that the governor is expected back in the country from UK tomorrow; on time to open the Obudu International Mountain Race opening ceremony tomorrow. He is expected to arrive Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos before departing for Obudu en route Enugu.
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