Governor Liyel Imoke of Cross River State has been flown back to the United States for urgent medical treatment. Mr. Imoke, who is serving his second term as governor, was in the US for medical treatment related to kidney disease.
Two sources confirmed the governor’s medical trip. One source, a major political figure in Calabar, the capital of Cross River State, said, Governor Imoke left Nigeria two days ago to continue treatment in the US. Another source indicated that Governor Imoke would receive treatment in the Maryland area, near Washington, DC.
One of our sources disclosed that the governor’s health had taken a bad turn recently, necessitating his urgent trip abroad.
Mr. Imoke had earlier spent several weeks in the US where he received dialysis as well as a surgical procedure for his severe renal condition.
On his return to Nigeria, Governor Imoke had told associates that he had bounced back to health. He and his family as well as political associates recently organized an elaborate thanksgiving party to celebrate Governor Imoke’s recovery. Among those at the thanksgiving were Bishop David Oyedepo of Winner’s Chapel and Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom.
However, our source revealed that Mr. Imoke’s condition deteriorated recently, leading to plans to move him back to the US for further treatment.
Source in Calabar said he was unable to say how long the governor would stay in the US. “I think he will be [in the US] for some time because it will take a while for the doctors there to address his health problems,” said the source
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