by crossriverwatch admin
Reports reaching CrossRIverWatch indicates that Dr. Julius Okputu, the former Commissioner for Environment in Cross River State during Senator Liyel Imoke’s first tenure is actively consulting to occupy the state’s Government House come 2015.
A source close to the 48 year old politician says he has been crisscrossing the length and breadth of the state making contacts with political stakeholders and party elders within and outside the state. “You will recall that Oga was not sacked but resigned to contest the House of Representatives Election for the Yala/Ogoja Federal Constituency 2007 and maintains good relationship with the Governor and the party”. Our source said.
Dr Okputu who holds a PhD in English from the University of Calabar has been in government since the days of the military when he was appointed Chairman of the State Civil Service Commission while in his early twenties. “He contested and stepped down for the Governor in 2007 and became the Secretary of the campaign that led to election of our Governor in 2007 and has built good friendship and followership across the state”.
With the release of the election timetable by INEC and the zoning of the position of Governor of the state in 2015 to the Northern senatorial district, many illustrious sons of the area are consulting to succeed Governor Imoke come 2015. Those already in the race include Goddy Jedy Agba, Mr. Fidel Ugbo, Professor Ben Ayade, Mr Larry Odey, Mr John Odey and Frank Bullem.
With the declaration by Senator Imoke that he will not anoint a successor, the race is expected to be very keen and interesting.
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