Visibly irked by what he described as “the cultic governance of Cross River State for eight years by Liyel Imoke and his cohorts and the institutionalisation of tokenism as a reward system by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Cross River State”, the All Progressives Congress’ National Vice-Chairman, South-South, Hillard Eta is insisting that Liyel Imoke, immediate past governor of Cross River State will be put in jail “to deter others from towing a path that stripped our state of her financial resources and left her financially unhealthy, heavily indebted, even insolvent”.
Eta who spoke exclusively with www.calitown.com was particular that “the cultic disposition was the reason why Imoke never disclosed the state of our finances. We never got to know about how much money his government got from several sources or the level of our indebtedness and how our loans can be serviced, instead Imoke hid under this
secrecy and tampered with state funds. I can assure you that in the next one or two weeks, Liyel Imoke will be at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to give account of his time as CRS governor because the petitions sent there cannot be ignored”. He went on to condemn the “docile nature of most Cross Riverians who clearly refuse to leave their comfort zones and speak up in the face of the kind of adversity that was the Imoke administration”, warning that this docility “clearly emboldened the likes of Imoke in pilfering state funds”.
Drawing our attention to the construction of the Calabar International Convention Centre, CICC, bv the Imoke administration, the APC chieftain maintained that, “Imoke came and met one white elephant project called Tinapa and decided he had to saddle Cross River with his own, so he left us with CICC or whatever you people call it. The CICC for all I care is a conduit through which money was stolen and all of us can see that this project cannot benefit the common man”. He went clear that the best venue considerations in Nigeria rest with places like Abuja and Lagos, stating that “a lack of sincerity on Imoke’s part, gave birth to a project with no forseeable impact on the CRS economy, the more reason why we cannot let Imoke cool off anywhere other than in prison.”
Again, “and unfortunately for our state”, he continues, “another white elephant project is about to be embarked upon by the Ayade administration which has not, in my estimation, distanced itself from the Imoke disaster. Ayade has christened his as Signature Projects and we as people are not asking critical questions”. Eta believes a seaport is constitutionally outside what a state government can embark upon and further that the Federal Government cannot guarantee the $500 million dollars Ayade needs for the execution of the Signature Projects, considering that CRS is the third most indebted state in Nigeria. He adds these words of caution, “we must refuse to be hoodwinked and deceived by those who are fortunate to lead us.”
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