Women in Bayelsa have a soft spot for Governor Seriake Dickson and they are not hiding it. 

Their joy is full and they gave him a new name at the commissioning of Ekeki Shopping Mall built by Mr Oforji Oboku.

The facility is expected to serve Okaka and Amarata communities. Governor Dickson's arrival gave birth to a name many do not know about. 

"Ofuruma Pepe, Our Great White Shark!" they hailed and in response, Dickson raised his walking stick thrice and again, the crowd cheered. 

He is not campaigning for another term in office, but the cheer he got from the women who were happy over the building seemed politically right.

Could they have given him the name because the state is a coastal state, with something relating to sharks?

The out-going Yenagoa Local Government Caretaker Chairman, Mr Oboku, who built the mall had named it after 'Seriake Dickson and Gboribiogha Jonah'.  

Shopping malls built by Oboku in Yenagoa

He is also seeking the indigenes' votes to clinch a seat at the National Assembly. 

It was a sunny day as Bayelsans trooped out en-mass to Ekeki motor park to witness the event.

Security officers were positioned at strategic places within the area to control traffic and also maintain order.

By 2p.m., a large crowd had gathered, awaiting the arrival of Governor Seriake Dickson and his entourage.

Owigiri music blasted from heavy speakers positioned in front of the canopies.

Shopping malls built by Oboku in Yenagoa

Adorned in beautiful attires, men and women from different communities under Yenagoa Local Government Area, sang and danced in front of the building, to the amusement of some royal fathers and guests.

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On arrival Security officers attached to Governor Dickson had a hard time trying to control the crowd, as they tried to catch a glimpse of him.

During his address, Dickson said Oboku had achieved the great feat because he was focused.

"Amongst all the Local Government Chairmen l appointed, he is the best.

"Thank you for reshaping our state capital.

"He is our son and brother who needs your vote to represent Yenagoa constituency 1 in the State House of Assembly (BSHA)."

Shopping malls built by Oboku in Yenagoa

He also used that opportunity to remind the people that Oboku would do more if given the opportunity.

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A young male native of Swali who simply identified himself as Praise, said Oboku saved his life.

"When l joined cult, my mother reported to Oboku and he empowered me.

"I own a flourishing business in Owerri now and no longer a cultist neither do l smoke.

"All thanks to my Chairman whom God used to save and establish me,"

Praise said he had been away from Bayelsa for over a year now and only came to support the man who gave him a second chance.

He advised youths especially young boys, to shun violence and engage in meaningful venture to better their lives and the society.

The shops have been commissioned by the Governor, but no date has been fixed for their leasing. 

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