Gov. Liyel Imoke of Cross River on Friday started a two-month accumulated leave.
This is contained in a statement issued on Friday in Calabar by Mr Christian Ita, Chief Press Secretary and Special Assistant on Media to the governor, and made available to newsmen.
According to the statement, Imoke has informed the State House of Assembly through a letter to the Speaker, Mr Larry Odey.
The statement said Imoke's Deputy, Mr Efiok Cobham, would act for the duration of the leave in line with the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
"Some three weeks ago, His Excellency 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 medical checks and in the course of so doing, was advised by his doctors to undergo further evaluation.
"Accordingly, His Excellency will be proceeding on a two-month accumulated leave with effect from today."
The statement said, "In line with the provisions of the constitution, His Excellency, Efiok Cobham the Deputy Governor will act in his place during the period of his leave."
According to the statement, the governor wished the people of the state the best in the Yuletide season.