Donald Duke Declares Support For Jedy Agba, Berates Imoke

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Goddy Jedy Agba and Donald Duke at the reception for Jedy in Calabar today
Goddy Jedy Agba and Donald Duke at the reception for Jedy in Calabar today

In a rare feat of public criticism, former governor of Cross River State, Mr. Donald Duke today publicly took his successor and friend of many years, Senator Liyel Imoke to the washers accusing him of dividing the PDP family in the state with insincerity in his leadership.

Apart from the fact that Donald Duke, who flew into Calabar this morning along with Jedy Agba and wife aboard a private jet, has declared his support for the governorship ambition of Jedy Agba who Imoke does not want to succeed him, Duke took a swipe at governor Imoke for drawing the state backward and said Jedy Agba is on a mission to rescue the state.

Duke was speaking today at a reception in honor of the Obudu Prince at the Holy Child Secondary School, Calabar.

He said, “Goddy Agba is on a rescue mission and it is the beginning of another day, a time for development, a time to reunify our people who have been divided by insincerity of the political leadership in the state.”

He disclosed that it was unfortunate that the PDP family he built has been bastardized and reduced to a three man affairs where the rest are house boys and house girls.

He explained that a leader should inspire confidence in the people, stressing that the people should not guess what a leader or head of a family is doing or about to do but that they should know, adding that Jedy Agba has an enormous task to rebuild what has been destroyed.

“If you are leading people they should be sure what you stand for or not stand for but when people are not sure of you, by you saying one thing here and another thing there, you would lose respect, you would introduce confusion and very soon everything will scatter.

“In every organization, there is a head and we must respect the head but you see, respect is earned and not awarded. Today, we are gradually retarding back to the era of the old brigade.”

He said a leader who gives 100 percent assurance to anybody who consults him but never keeps his promises will always create enemies for himself as well as erode the confidence the people repose on him, explaining that a leader and head of a family should have the capacity to build cohesion and love among members of the family to ensure that over the years, the family grows larger in number and not shrink as is the case in Cross River State PDP.

Duke queried why Imoke was encouraging every other aspirant to contest but singled out Jedy Agba and said he is not a member of the family, “Families expand and any family that does not expand will go extinct and our family will expand. So when in 2007, I heard monkey work monkey chop, I asked one of my friends, Gershom Bassey who is a monkey.

“I thought we were elevating Cross River to higher heights; why are we describing ourselves as monkeys and even today with their monkey work, monkey chop slogan, and now eight years after, we have discovered that they are only two monkeys and these two monkeys are very smart. I owe you one thing and that is the truth. One monkey calls itself SERMATECH and the other monkey calls itself Lilleker, those are the nicknames of the two monkeys.

“In 2007, we had a transition and it was a seamless transition and nobody was in doubt where I stood. People came to me and said they wanted to run and I said run, it may be your destiny. I am not God and cannot stand on anybody’s way but that did not preclude me from expressing myself and stating where I stood but when people come to you and you encourage everybody without telling them where you stand you will have a problem”.

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9 commentsOn Donald Duke Declares Support For Jedy Agba, Berates Imoke

  • Pastor Tsector Evidence

    Personally, Donald Duke remains a friend and visionary leader whom anyone who has been opportuned to meet him would want to remain at the helm of affairs were possible, but all we have to do for the state at this moment of decision is to pray for the emergence of God’s own man who will move Cross river to enviable heights; heights higher than where Don took it to the admiration of friends and envy of foes.

  • For cross river state to move,we need transformational leaders like Mr DONALD DUKE. but what assurances are there to indicate that Mr jedy when singled out will not pass for deformation[al] leader. its high time crossriverians come up with his score card in NNPC.

  • Cross River state has been quiet for sometime compare to the era of Donald duke where the state was on the lips of every Nigerian. Duke giant strides was not in the oil sector where every state in Nigeria is dying for but in tourism and agriculture. We need a visionary leader. A leader committed to the basic needs of its people.

  • The government of Imoke is a continuation of Duke’s government. Duke is not the write person to criticize Imoke. J D AGBA know thy self

  • Thank you your excellency,for not only telling us the name of the two monkey,but for correcting your friends Gershom and Liyel.that we aren’t monkeys.just like you sir, I support Jeddy for governorship.

  • Donald Duke has always been the Jesus of cross river state and also an eye opener to other states governors that embresses the best. Am from the APC bet I must remain in trust of what so ever Mr,Donald Duke decides because he dos not have any failure on his score line. God bless cross river PDP nd APC. JD,APC is full of people who love the state too, you are always welcome.


    @Donald Duke, your excellency you’re a true leader, thats why you understand the theory of Leadership.
    My prayer is that God should give us a man after His heart, someone who fears God and have his constituency @ Heart.

  • Cross River Governor should search himself very well….the cards have been on the table clearly & now a more informed person has come out to speak. The State isnt doing well in all ramifications & the architech will not want progress.

  • Nice word from you my ex_governor

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