A former Minister of Culture, Tourism and National Orientation in the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan, Chief Edem Duke, has declared his intention to join the next governorship race in Cross River State come 2019.
Duke who was a member of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and served as minister from 2011 to 2015, had long ago defected to the All Progressives Congress, APC, the platform on which he intends to run during the governorship election next year.
He made this declaration at his Ikot Edem Odo Ward in Akpabuyo Local Government Area on Monday. He said under the current state’s administration, Cross River has lost its status as “a jewel in the crown of Nigeria”.
He said taking Cross River to its former pride of place is what made him decide to enlist for the governorship race ahead of the 2019 general election.
He, therefore, called the people of the state to join him in restoring the state to its glorious past.