Calabar — Governor of Cross River State, Senator Liyel Imoke who has been out of public view for almost a month, has taken a 2-month leave of absence due to concerns over his health condition.
The governor's chief press secretary, Christian Ita confirmed this in a statement on Thursday evening, following the governor's return from a medical trip abroad, saying Imoke had been away from office in search of medical attention. The ailment was not disclosed.
The statement said, "Some three weeks ago, His Excellency Governor Liyel Imoke took a short break after a long, hectic and eventful year, all preparatory to the start of the busy Calabar Festival season. He used the opportunity to undergo medicals, and in the course of so doing, was advised by his doctors to undergo further medical evaluation. Accordingly, His Excellency will be proceeding on a two-month accumulated leave with effect from December 6. In line with the provisions of the Constitution, His Excellency Efiok Cobham, the deputy governor will act in his place."
He said further that the governor has written to the state House of Assembly.
The two-months leave means the governor will likely not be a part of the annual Calabar carnival.
Before he Imoke left public view nearly a month ago, his poor health situation was already noticeable, especially when he appeared before the state House of Assembly to present the 2013 budget estimate.
He also failed to attend the important annual three-day Obudu International Mountain race held from November 17 to 21.