Biography of Liyel Imoke; Ex-Governor; Lawyer; Politician; Cross River State Celebrity
Liyel Imoke was born July 10, 1961. The earliest disclosed education of Liyel Imoke was his secondary education which he had at the following secondary schools: Mary Knoll College, Okuku,
Ogoja and Federal Government College, Enugu which both took place between 1973 and 1977. After his secondary school, Liyel Imoke got admission into the University of Maryland, United States of America, where he studied and obtained a Bachelor?s degree in International Relations and Economics in the year 1982. He proceeded afterwards to University of Buckingham, England, where he studied law and obtained his LL.B in the year 1985. Furthering his education, Liyel Imoke returned back to the United States, where he did his Masters at the American University, Washington, D.C. He then came back to Nigeria and attended the Nigerian Law School, after which he was called to bar in 1988.
Liyel Imoke practiced law in both United States and Nigeria, and later founded his law firm: Liyel Imoke and Co., which situates in Lagos Nigeria.
At the age of 30, in the year 1992, Liyel Imoke was elected a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria during the transitional regime of General Ibrahim Babangida.
Between 1993 and 1999, Liyel Imoke worked for Telsat Communications, Lagos; Value Mart Nigeria, Lagos, and Trident Petroleum and Gas, Lagos as Managing Consultant, Executive Chairman and Executive Director respectively.
Former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo, in the year 1999, appointed Liyel Imoke as Special Adviser on Public Utilities. Also in the year 2003, Liyel Imoke was appointed Minister of Power and Steel. He was later moved to Federal Ministry of Education, which he also manned as a minister.
During the 2007 general election, Liyel Imoke contested for the position of the governor of Cross River State, and came out successful. Consequently, he was sworn-in as the governor of River State on May 29, 2008, however, his election was annulled by the Appeal Tribunal and another election re-scheduled. On August 23, 2008, Liyel Imoke won the re-scheduled election. Upon the expiration of his first tenure in the year 2012, Liyel Imoke re-contested and won again for a second term in office as the governor of Cross River State.
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