On his 57th birth anniversary of the former governor of Cross River State, Senator Liyel Imoke, Central Cross River senatorial aspirant, Hon. Dodeye Arikpo has described the one time Minister and Senator, Imoke as a “man for all seasons”.
In his words, Imoke is not just a loving husband and devoted father, but a leader, mentor and visionary.
“He is a man whose analytical mind is quite outstanding. His major strength is his disarming charm and humility. He sees the future ahead of his contemporaries and therefore commits to helping the younger generation grow as evident in his founding of The Bridge Leadership Foundation.
“With all his national stature and engagement, he remains in touch with his people as a local community leader. Like I said at my wedding reception over 12 years ago, “If you want to have a boss, have a boss like Liyel Imoke,” Dodeye Arikpo said.
In 1992, Liyel Imoke was elected a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria at the age of 30 during the Ibrahim Babangida transition government. His term ended with the dissolution of the government in November 1993 by the military regime headed by General Sani Abacha.
Between 1993 and 1999, he was a Managing Consultant at Telsat Communications, Lagos; Executive Chairman of Value Mart Nigeria, Lagos, and Executive Director of Trident Petroleum and Gas, Lagos.
In 1999, he was appointed a Special Adviser on Public Utilities by President Olusegun Obasanjo. He was Executive Chairman of the Special Board charged with winding down the Oil Minerals Producing Areas Development Commission. He was Chairman of Technical Board of the National Electric Power Authority.
In April 2007, Liyel Imoke successfully ran for governor of Cross River State under the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) platform. He took office on 29 May 2007. The election was annulled by an Election Appeal Tribunal in July 2008. He was elected again in a re-run on 23 August 2008.
At the moment, Imoke is the Chairman of a reconciliation committee set up by the party’s national wing to make peace amongst all disagreeing blocs and whose by product, reports say gave birth to the new coalition of over 30 political parties, including PDP, as they prepare to take over power at the center, come 2019.