MAKING A FRESH START IN CROSS RIVER STATE – BY BARRISTER EYO EKPO

Making a fresh start     Eyo Ekpo

Fellow Cross Riverians, our great state is at a crossroads. I joined the Social Democratic Party (SDP) to further my quest to recover and restore our great state, securing my party ticket to contest for the governorship of Cross River. I am fully convinced of the need to make a fresh start, to wipe the slate clean, if we are to make
progress once again. Insanity is defined by Albert Einstein as doing the same thing over
and over and expecting different results, and this election is a test of the extent to which
we are able to break our old patterns.
I have decided to practice what I preach in the choice of my running mate. At all levels
of our politics, our women and young people are systematically excluded. They are
mobilisers, but are hardly ever given opportunities to lead unless they are related to
certain party bigwigs and selected through shady primaries. Many of the others are
confined to the realm of praise singers, bag carriers and online attack dogs, barking at
anyone who will criticise their benefactor.
As a result of this desire for a fresh start, my choice of running mate is Wofai Okoi
Ewa. If elected on this ticket, Wofai will be just 35 years old, and (one of) the youngest
deputy governor(s) in Nigeria’s history. However, what he brings to the table is more
than his youth.
Wofai is a Civil Engineer and Project manager with over a decade’s experiences across
a number of countries and industries. In my administration, he will play a key role in
ensuring that all public infrastructure projects – most of which will be PPPs – are
technically designed cost-effectively and executed without cost/budget overruns.
He will also play a leading role in conflict resolution – a noble endeavour in which he has
been passionately interested long before now – across the State, and bring peace to our
communities, especially those in the Central District where he hails from. He is also an
avid sportsman, being the Vice President of the Cross River State Taekwondo
Association.
In many ways, Wofai is the face of the Cross River that once was. He is also the face of
the future, the Cross River that we will have once again. His presence on this ticket is a
forerunner of Cross River State’s bright future, one in which the best we have to offer
take center stage in reclaiming and restoring our paradise, making it a positive example
to the rest of the country, and the world.

This announcement is our way of building on the progress made by the Not Too Young
To Run movement, in making political office more accessible to young people.
Nigerians aged 35 and under make up the majority of our population. Many of them are
very accomplished and passionate, but they have no voice in governance, and no seat
at the table. This needs to change and with your support it will surely change.

The SDP as a party has taken the lead in putting forward accomplished young Cross
Riverians for various offices in the state. Rather than pay lip service to young people as
leaders of tomorrow, we believe that they are ready to lead now. We are putting our
money where our mouth is.

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It is my hope that as we move closer to election day, it will be clear to the electorate that
the SDP is a major and entirely credible departure from what currently obtains. We will
go everywhere in the North, Central and the South, to make our case to the people and
have them join our caravan of restoration.

 
May the Almighty bless us, and bless our beloved state.
Eyo Ekpo
Cross River State Gubernatorial Candidate

Social Democratic Party (SDP)

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About Tony Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez

Tony Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez is an International Award Winner, Published Author & Poet, Broadcast Journalist, MC and Youth Empowerment Consultant . He is also The CEO of AFRICA4U and The Founder of Africans in The Diaspora People also see him as a Cultural and Social entrepreneur, which means he is skilled in working with many different communities, bringing people together in successful focused events. Tony has organised many cultural events …involving both BME and mainstream communities. He is skilled in hosting events that reinforce community cohesion and bringing different kinds of people together. He has organised events in The UK, The U.S.A, Holland, Germany, Romania, Malta and Nigeria and has visited over 22 European Countries. Tony has also organised The Black History Month Celebrations at The UK House of Parliament for over five years in a row He continues to promote the true life and success stories of Africans in Europe and Africans around the world and has organised several small scale literary and awards initiatives aimed at empowering young people. He has also spent time as an International broadcaster and was The Producer and Presenter for AFRICA4U International Radio Talk Show at Reading4u Radio Station for nearly three years. Tony has interviewed high profile Members of Parliament, Distinguished celebrities and some of Africas best musicians including Ivonne Chaka Chaka and Kanda Bongoman. He has also been a guest on BBC Radio on numerous occasions to discuss the community cohesion events he organises at UK House of Parliament and also to recite some of his published work in memory of Nelson Mandela, 50 Years Anniversary of The race relations act and major community issues. Tony has also a Guest on popular Radio stations in Nigeria and The States In the last few years he has been very passionate about Youth empowerment, community cohesion and cultural intelligence. Tony was born in South London and has lived in several parts of England and Nigeria . He started writing at the tender age of nine, a habit he expressed with creative enthusiasm. Tony writes Poetry, short stories and proverbs on personal development. He is currently working on his 4th book which will also be his first novel. He is also into Public Speaking at Special events and Social functions and is a Mentor for young people in the UK Community. He completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at The University of Lagos, Nigeria in English and World Literature. He later went on to attain a teaching qualification at The Frances King International Training Institute, South Kensington London, it was here he studied Teaching English as a Foreign Language. He also studied Web Design at The City University in London. He published his first book in June 1999 called “The Beauty in the Dark” (A Collection of Poetry which received critical acclamation in many circles around the world). .Tony’s aim in life is to inspire the young generation and to encourage the youth to make the very best of their dreams and aspirations,. He published a 2nd book in June 2009 called ” The Sound of Running Water” – A Family gift book of proverbs and quotations on Personal Development and Positive Thinking . In December 2009, he published his 3rd book called “One Moment of Peace”.- A collection of Poetry inspired by personal experiences and spiritual growth. Besides the fact that the Artist has won International online awards, he is mostly inspired by Life experience, love, music and cultural awareness. He was Resident Poet at the 5th London Poetry Festival in 2009 and has been a guest on BBC Radio on very many occassions including The famous Anne Diamond Show. He has also been a guest on a few SKY TV stations and several International Radio Stations around The World
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