by crossriverwatch admin
There are indications that the Cross River State governor, Senator Liyel Imoke may have finally made up his mind on who to succeed him in Peregreno House come 2015, on the platform of the ruling People’s Democratic Party, PDP.
Highly placed sources in government have reliably informed CrossRiverWatchs that “the Governor after prevaricating for so long seem to have made up his mind on who to support for the party primaries. Though there is pressure on him from some quarters to have a rethink, he seems to have zeroed in on the incumbent Commissioner for Works, Mr. Legor Idagbo.
“He has not openly announced it. But he has hinted all his close allies and given them a direction. Sometime within the month of May, the whole picture will be unveiled but I can authoritatively tell you that the governor has made up his mind on Legor Idagbo.
“I think he was initially contemplating between Legor and Pat Ugbe, two members of his cabinet who are very close to him. But eventually, Legor seem to have won the heart of the first family and he has been given the green light to commence consultations in preparation for the open declaration of support”.
The source who spoke extensively to CrossRiverWatch revealed that the meeting of stakeholders of the party which was called a day after the Easter break, considered the report of the caucuses inaugurated by the party few weeks ago to screen and select a candidate for the party amongst the plethora of aspirants, and may have finally zeroed down to Legor the incumbent Works Commissioner “in line with instructions from above”.
“The Northern Caucus last week held a meeting and also resolved to warn John Odey and Ugbo not to overheat the system since they have not been chosen.
“Legor was brought in from the local government to be part of the executive so he could deputize Gersh, but when plan A failed and the North got the slot, he naturally became the choice for the post”.
According to the source, Legor would soon resign and declare to run in order to contain the onslaught from Goddy Jedy Agba who is rapidly making inroads into the hearts of the people.
When CrossRiverWatch contacted the Commissioner, he simply said “Hmmmmmm! no comment.”
The State Chairman of the Party, Ntufam John Okon told our reporter that the information is not true and that even if the governor has made up his mind to support Legor, he has not been informed.
The Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Christian Ita, also in a reaction debunked the information as untrue.
“It is totally untrue. There is no truth whatsoever in that talk,” he said.
When asked why Mr. Legor has started consultation in that direction against the directive of the governor barring any of his aides from beginning political activities, he said, “He is just doing consultation like every other politician. That does not amount to the governor endorsing him. It is the party that will choose the governorship candidate not the governor.”
Mr. Legor Idagbo is a lawyer and till his appointment as Works Commissioner, he was Executive Chairman of Bekwara Local Government.
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