by Monday Ogar
The Secretary, Cross River State chapter of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP Mr. Goddy Eta has declared that Sen. Liyel Imoke will play a major role and also have a say in who becomes the next governor of the state.
Mr. Eta who was speaking at the inauguration of the State Exco and Chapter Coordinators of National PDP Councilors Forum in Calabar, said the governor has paid his dues to the party and would have qualified to run for the Presidency if he were from one of the northern states.
“If the governor was from Kano, Kaduna, Kogi or any of these northern states, we will be talking about him going for the seat of the President.”
“He has seen it all, from Senator to Minister to Governor. He is the only man who was at the old parade ground in 1998 when PDP was formed who is still holding a political office today. He was there when Lar was Chairman, he was there when Gemade came, he was there when Ogbe came, in fact he made them.
“That is why no one can shove him aside as regards the choice of the next governor of the state.” he said.
The PDP State Secretary said it will amount to ‘denying a hunter his share of the elephant meat’ if the governor is sidelined.
Also speaking at the event, Sen. Liyel Imoke represented by his SA on Political Affairs, Chief Fred Osim said the governor is happy with councilors for the decision to form the forum as it will add to governance in the grass roots.
Earlier, Andrew Aleke the State Coordinator, National PDP Councilors’ Forum said councilors have “The task of educating, enlightening and sensitizing our people at the grass roots on the need to consciously support all developmental projects, policies and programs of government.”
Highlight of the event was the swearing in of the state exco and chapter coordinators of the National PDP Councilors Forum.
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