The Movement for the Actualization of Ogoja in the Senate ( MAOS) has unveiled a ‘fresh face’ in the race for senator to represent the Cross River State Northern Senatorial District.
The Cross River State northern senatorial district seat is now vacant, following the death of Dr Rose Okoji Oko in a UK medical facility on March 23, 2020.
The new face is Dr Dino Magam who hails from Ogoja local government area.
Since Nigeria’s return to democratic governance in 1999, Ogoja is yet to produce a senator for the district.
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The other local governments in the district, namely; Obudu, Yala, Bekwarra and Obanliku have been represented in the senate at different times.
MAOS says it will no longer sit idly and stare in the face of perennial marginalisation.
MAOS adds that its choice is borne of the neglect that Ogoja has suffered for decades. “Ours has been the only LGA in the constituency that hasn’t had their son or daughter in the National Assembly’s Red Chamber since 1979, even though all the other local governments in the constituency were created from Ogoja.
“Ogoja is the most cosmopolitan local government in northern Nigeria and the economic and agricultural hub of the north. Asides Calabar, Ogoja is the melting pot of Cross River. A local government of this calibre definitely deserves a seat at the highest level of Nigeria’s legislative arm of government,” the statement reads.
37-year-old Magam is a Medical Doctor by profession. He holds a Bsc in Human Anatomy and an MBBS degree from the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT).
He commenced his early political life as President of the National Association of Cross River State Students ( NACRISS).
He has also held other positions in his education and professional life like the Publicity Secretary of the Federation of Catholic Medical Students, Secretary of the Jets Club in Calabar, Secretary of Nigerian Medical Association of Cross River State legal committee and member of the Student Union Government Transport Committee of UNIPORT.
Magam is the current branch secretary of St. Patrick’s College Alumni Association Ikot Ana, Calabar.
“Our candidate is of sound mind and he is tested and trusted. Magam is educated in character and in learning. He will be a unifier and he understands that he will not only be representing Ogoja, but the entire northern senatorial district,” the statement from MAOS adds.