Ifeanyi Okowa the governor of River state congraulated former Governor of Cross River, Mr Donald Duke, on his 60th birth anniversary.
In Asaba his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika stated that Okowa said that Duke was a smart administrator whose tenure as governor between 1999 and 2007 had remained a high reference mark in the state.
He particularly commended the former governor for returning to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) where he was elected governor at a young age of 38.
Duke’s efforts at developing Cross River were tremendous and that his visions for the development of the state were remarkable he said.
He statement read “Your Excellency, your selfless and impressive performance as Governor of Cross River has already distinguished you as an emerging great nationalist in the political firmament of our great nation.
“At a very young age of 38 you were elected governor making you one of the youngest governors in Nigeria’s history.
“Since leaving office in 2007, you have remained a great figure and an inspirational leader for many youths in your home state and across the country,” .
“On behalf of my family, the government and the people of Delta, I congratulate an illustrious statesman, a consummate politician and a perfect gentleman, Mr Donald Duke, on his 60th birth anniversary.