Writer:Ubong Anthony – Calabar

Contrary to widespread insinuations that the outgoing governor of Cross River State, Senator Liyel Imoke, is jostling for the position of national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the governor has said he had never indicated interest to run for such position.

Imoke, who stated this in a chat with newsmen at the Margaret Ekpo International Airport in Calabar on Friday said, “I have seen my name published in various media that I am running for the office of PDP national chairman but I have never indicated interest and I still do not want to express such an interest that I am running for any office.”

The governor reiterated that he intends to retire from active politics after the expiration of his tenure, adding that, “I will not run for any elective position again.”

“You very well know I made it clear and took the decision not to run for elective office several months. It’s my intention not to participate in politics and I have also not been approached by anyone at any level or consider the office. I heard rumours of which I do not know where it is coming from.

“I think I have been in public office/limelight for 16 years and I intend to step away a little bit from the public limelight even though I remain a loyal party member. As a founder of the PDP, I remain a very strong supporter and I do not intend to run for any public office.”

He however called on PDP faithful and leaders to join forces to rebuild the party rather than engage in acts that would further disintegrate the party.

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