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C’River Gov, Gov-Elect Clash Over Inauguration Venue

Posted: May 27, 2015 at 9:18 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Nsa Gill /  Calabar


Outgoing Governor, Liyel Imoke, of Cross River State and his successor Professor Ben Ayade due for inauguration on Friday May 29th have recorded their first difference publicly as they are issuing invitation cards with different venue inviting guests to the inauguration on Friday.

The traditional venue for the formal inauguration of various past administrations in the state has been the state sports stadium named U. J. Esuene Stadium, Calabar.

It was at the stadium that Governor Imoke’s administration was publicly inaugurated in 2007 with an open invitation for the common man in the state to share the moment and hear from the new man in the helms of affairs of the state.

However, Governor Imoke’s card is inviting guests for the inauguration at the newly built International Conference Centre situated in the outskirt of the city;

while Ayade is also giving out invitation cards which rather have the U. J. Esuene stadium as the venue for the inauguration.

For the first time in the state, no formal transition/inauguration committee was put in place either by the outgoing administration or the incoming one.

No reason has been given for the change of venue from the stadium to the conference centre which is restricted but some believe Imoke desire’s to implant in the minds of people the new centre as one of his legacies lying adjacent to the famous Tinapa Resort, which was built by the previous administration of former governor Donald Duke.

Another possibility for the change of venue from the stadium to others may not be unconnected to the fact that the Imoke may also be avoiding public booing as many have come to score his outgoing administration low in his ending days.

Words like “inglorious exit” have been used following a myriad of problems that have surfaced in the state.

The State chapter Nigeria Labour Congress have directed workers to embark on strike from Tuesday 26th May over outstanding salaries owed workers and other issues of workers welfare. The hitherto reliable public water supply from the state water board which he inherited has failed, so has the environmental sanitation and cleanliness pride of the state has equally failed.

The debt profile is equally worrisome with figures said to be between N200 billion and N400 billion