My fellow Citizens of Cross River State,

The year 2018 has come and gone, but has left us with a lot to think about, about ourselves, and our State. We are getting to the 20th anniversary of our democratic experience, preceded by the general elections that will start in the coming weeks.

Considering the firm foundations laid at the beginning of this journey, the high hopes and aspirations we had for our State have not been realised. It is also clear that a considerable number of our people, from Bekwarra to Bakassi, believe that the past three years of the State Government have been marked largely by lost opportunities and disappointment.

Despite our disappointing position today, we must all be genuinely thankful for 2018, for the experiences and the lessons the year brought to us, and for seeing it to the end through His Grace and Mercy. Let us now commit ourselves to making 2019 a watershed year in the history of our State, the year of seizing our moment and redirecting our course.

We must recall the stated vision of Cross River State becoming the leading Nigerian State. What we now owe ourselves and those coming behind us is to reflect on a journey that was once so full of hope, recognise that we have departed from the path of development and growth and reset our priorities to start working again for what we know ought to be.

Therefore on this New Year’s Day, on behalf of my family, the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Cross River State, and the Eyo Ekpo Campaign Organisation, I wish all Cross Riverians a 2019 of reaffirmation, rebirth and renaissance and invite all who love this State to join us in this resolve.

May the Almighty bless our commitment to do right for our State.

Eyo O. Ekpo
SDP Governorship Candidate
Cross River State



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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