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From Ijaw National Academy, Tears OfJoy For Dickson

Samuel Perekinmi is from Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa State. He can only access Yenagoa, the state capital by boat, even though it is hoped that by the end of his year, the Sagbama-Ekeremor road, a road that was on the drawing board in the last 40 years, but currently under construction by the Henry Seriake Dickson government, would have been completed to enable Ekeremor people travel to and from the area by road.

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C’River North Seat; End Of The Road For Rose Oko?

The race for the Cross River Northern Senatorial District ticket will be very dicey as no one is sure at the moment who will get it. But everything points to the fact that there won't be an automatic ticket for Rose Oko, the senator currently representing the senatorial district. In 2015, Oko had an easy ride to the 8th senate when she won her election without voting for herself. She was receiving medical treatment during the period of the election but surprisingly, won the election from her hospital bed under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

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2019: How C’River South May Dictate Who succeeds Ayade

There is every indication that the issue of zoning the governorship ticket in Cross River State will define not only the tone of electioneering campaign but also its outcome in 2019 when the actual election will be held. Zoning will determine the political equation in terms of power sharing, particularly, the governorship tickets, among the political parties just the way it happened in 2015. This does not mean aspirants won't spring up from the three senatorial zones. But parties will consciously pick the eventual candidates that would fly their flags in 2019 on the basis of a zone or character of the person with the credentials to easily win the election.

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