By NBF News

Governor Liyel Imoke of Cross River State returned to the state yesterday after barely one month of absence, dousing the rumours that he has died.

In the last two weeks there has been speculation within the state that Imoke had passed on.

The rumour is not unconnected with his long absence from work.

Imoke travelled to the United States of America for medical treatment following a car accident he had on the Obudu Mountain Resort.

Speaking to newsmen at the Magaret Ekpo International airport in Calabar yesterday shortly after his arrival in company of his wife, Mrs. Obioma Imoke, the governor who had plaster of paris (POP) on his arm said: 'We had an accident which was unexpected. It can happen to anyone. I am almost fully recovered besides my hand.

'The good thing about Cross River State is that we have such structure that government and governance continue with or without me.'

Fielding question from newsmen on whether he is fit enough to take the reins of power, he said, 'you can see me standing, walking, smiling and doing everything. I think it is clear that there is some injury which were sustained in the accident, but I think there was some exaggeration in the media about the extent of my injuries.'

On hand to receive Imoke include the deputy governor, other top state functionaries, political aides, party chieftains and sympathizers.