Governor Liyel Imoke of Cross River State has dismissed reports alleging that he was scheming to succeed the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu.
Imoke, in his response to the recent reports making the rounds about a scheme to replace Mu’azu, described as false, publications in some national dailies and some online reports that he was working closely with some chieftains of the party to become the next National Chairman of PDP.
The Governor, while briefing newsmen at the Margaret Ekpo International Airport on his arrival from Abuja, maintained that having been in the public limelight for 16 years, it is necessary that he takes a bow out of any political office.
He further stated that while out of office, he intends to remain a loyal party member and supporter in rebuilding the party following the defeat PDP faced at the last elections.
There were reports during the week that the National Chairman of the PDP, Adamu Mu’azu, who before now was addressed as “the game changer”, might have jetted out of the country to evade being forced to convene a meeting of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party, where he may be akin to resign.
There has been a lot of concern by the PDP leadership over the party’s loss in the 2015 general elections, leading the party to the inauguration of a post-election committee, headed by the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu.