Governor Liyel Imoke
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expressed happiness with the remarkable recovery of the Governor of Cross River State, Liyel Imoke, who has been out of the country for medical treatment.
The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, in a statement yesterday, said the party received the news of the governor’s recovery with great joy, adding that he is expected back to his duties soon.
“We have just received news of the remarkable recovery of the Governor of Cross Rivers State, Governor Liyel Imoke and we are very happy. We expect that he will be back to his office very soon to continue the good works he has been doing in his state,” he said.
Metuh commended the leadership of the party in Cross River, including the Acting Governor, party chairman, Speaker of the Houses of Assembly, state caucus members, members of the National Assembly from the state as well as government appointees for holding forth and ensuring smooth running of government affairs in the absence of the governor.
He said the fact that government activities have been going on smoothly in the state shows that that PDP government has direction and focus in line with the manifesto of the party to ensure the welfare of the people at all times.
Meanwhile, after over a two-hour meeting with the deputies of members of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, Tuesday approved the sum of N350,000 as allowance each of them.
The approval of the allowance was to pacify the deputies over allegations of marginalisation and apparently carry them along in the administration of the party.
The deputies were at loggerheads with members of NWC over approval of salaries for themselves without taking them into consideration.
The National Chairman of the PDP is on monthly salary of N2 million, while the deputy national chairman is on N1.7million and the National Secretary is on N1.5 million, while other members of NWC are on N1.2 million per month. They claimed that after all, all them were elected at the national convention of the party.
It was as a result of this that the deputies who are not official members of the NWC wrote a petition to the President, Goodluck Jonathan complaining of marginalisation and that they are not being carried along.
After the meeting at Tukur’s Wuse 2 residence, the Deputy National Executive members of the party in return passed a vote of confidence on the National Chairman.
Deputy National Auditor, Senator Umar Tsauri, who spoke on behalf of other deputies after they met with Tukur, announced the vote of confidence on Tukur while briefing journalists.
“Today we told the national chairman of the party of his leadership capabilities and the way he manages crisis within the party which gives us confidence in his leadership style.
“Our meeting with him was fruitful and we discussed the development of the party and passed a vote of confidence on him,’’ Tsauri said.
He debunked insinuations that there was leadership crisis within the ranks and file of the party.
“If there is any crisis in the party’s leadership, I do not know much about that. The deputies, the party’s ex officials and its leadership are working hand in hands and there is no disagreement amongst us’’ Tsauri said.
He, however, said that crisis in a large political party like the PDP was inevitable, adding that the party has the capacity to address whatever challenges that may come its way.
“As a ruling party, the PDP cannot run away from disaffection but we do not have anything to worry about,’’ Tsauri stressed.
He also denied allegations that the party’s NWC was relegating the deputy executive members to the background.
He expressed the hope that no matter the crisis within the party and the thinking of the opposition that the party would break up, such would not happen.