Since the emergence of this democratic dispensation in 1999, Cross River State has always been a PDP stronghold. In 2019, our Party had an overwhelming victory at the polls, winning elections at all levels. The glory for that victory goes to God and to the support of the good people of Cross River State who have shown commitment and strongly supported the PDP through time.

Over the last few months we have all observed the seeming dispute and differences within our great Party which emerged after the elections, in the build up to the Party Congresses. We have a tradition of managing and resolving disputes. I strongly believe that this one is no different from all the others.

I hereby call on all stakeholders and party leaders to sheath their swords. This is a time to close ranks and not create factions. We need to work as a team under the leadership of the Governor. As Leader, it behoves the Governor to accommodate and protect the interests of all stakeholders and ensure balance and fairness. This has always been our way and I am confident that His Excellency will provide the necessary leadership. He should be accorded his due as Governor and Leader of our Party.

I urge all our leaders at every level to use the opportunity of the State Congress to meet in caucus and resolve all differences, emerging as one united family. Every leader, from the Senators, members of the house of representatives, to the state assembly members and below, should be accorded their due and not be disrespected. They should reciprocate same to His Excellency. Our tradition of stakeholder consultation and concensus building should be applied over the next few days to guarantee successful outcomes.
I believe that with God on our side, we will emerge victorious.

I wish you all the very best.
Thank you and God bless us all.

Liyel Imoke, CON.
Thursday, 6th August 2020

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