Majority Leader of the Senate, Victor Ndoma-Egba (SAN) has been accused by Members of the House of Representatives and other key leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Cross River State of challenging the public declaration of the state governor, Senator Liyel Imoke over the choice of his successor.
The party stalwarts, who rose from a meeting of the central senatorial district of the party, chaired by Hon. John Owan Enoh, chairman of the House committee on appropriation, and another member, Bassey Eko Ewa, who represents Yakurr/Obubra Federal Constituency, claimed that Mr. Ndoma-Egba was refusing to take the directive of the state governor on his choice of successor come 2015 as he has rather gone ahead to pick someone, who is totally unknown to them.
The allegation comes on the heels of the Senate Leader’s purported endorsement of a politician in the state to succeed Mr. Imoke, while the governor was away in the United States of America last December, tending to his health.
But the part leaders insisted that “His Excellency, Governor Liyel Imoke is the leader of our party in this state. It is his directive alone on his possible successor in 2015 that we await, not from anyone else. He has declared publicly again and again that a member of the party from the northern part of the state would be given the opportunity to succeed him. We all have accepted that. Since he is still looking for that person, we are equally waiting for him. No other member of the party whether in the Senate or in Abuja has the power to direct otherwise”.