Clement David Ebri (born 11 December 1952) is a Nigerian politician who was elected on the NRC platform as Governor of Cross River State, Nigeria between January 1992 and November 17, 1993 during the Nigerian Third Republic, leaving office after the military coup that brought General Sani Abacha to power.[1] He was a strong supporter of General Ibrahim Babangida, who had initiated the short-lived third republic.[2]

Clement David Ebri
Governor of Cross River State
In office
January 1992 – November 1993
Preceded byErnest Attah
Succeeded byIbrahim Kefas
Personal details
Born (1952-12-11) 11 December 1952 (age 71)
Cross River, Nigeria
Political partyFounding member ANPP

Background edit

Ebri was born on 11 December 1952 in Mkpani community of Yakurr Local Government Area, Cross River State. He studied at Sacred Heart College, Aba, the Community Secondary School (COSGRAMS), Ugep, and the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.[3] Before entering politics, Ebri was editor of the Nigerian Chronicle and Director of the Mercantile Bank of Nigeria, and the Savannah Bank of Nigeria. He was the Chief Executive of Brecon Associates, Inter-urban Contracting Services and Dimaron Nigeria Limited[4]

Early political career edit

Ebri was elected into the 1989 Constituent Assembly, and in 1991 was elected as the Cross River state governor on the National Republican Convention platform, being forced out of office when General Sani Abacha took power as Head of State. He contested in the 1998 All People's Party (APP) primaries to become their candidate for Cross River state governor in the 1999 elections after the return to democracy, but came second. He was chairman of the Presidential Review Committee to examine the 1999 constitution, which made its report in 2001. One the committee's recommendations, which was not accepted, was to limit presidential and governorship terms to one single 5-year period.[5]

Progressive Peoples Alliance Chairman edit

In 2006, Ebri left the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) to become a founding member of the Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA), becoming national chairman.[6] In May 2006 Ebri urged the Federal Government to reform the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure free and fair elections in 2007.[7] After the 2007 elections, he led the party into the Government of National Unity (GNU) under President Umaru Yar'Adua, while reserving the right to withdraw if problems arose.[8] He said the PPA had not compromised in joining the GNU, but said "we felt we should as well help to stabilize the polity, and add value to governance."[9]

In February 2009 he praised the decision of the Appeal Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State which had annulled the decision of the Abia State Elections Tribunal to replace Theodore Orji of the PPA as governor by Onyema Ugochukwu of the PDP.[10] In April 2009 he asked the INEC to announce the result of the Ekiti State supplementary election immediately, and also called on police to release election monitors who were detained while performing their job during the election.[11] In August 2009, two weeks after Imo State Governor Ikedi Ohakim had defected from the PPA to the PDP, Ebri resigned from the PPA chairmanship and left the party, saying he was stepping aside from politics.[12]

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Nigerian States". WorldStatesmen. Retrieved 2010-03-23.
  2. ^ Jonathan Elendu (1 October 2006). "Abiola would not have lasted 90 days...IBB". Elundu Reports. Retrieved 2010-03-23.
  3. ^ "Clement Ebri". Nigeria Daily News. Retrieved 2010-03-23.
  4. ^ "Cold Calculations for Power". ThisDay. 2001-04-14. Archived from the original on 2005-09-23. Retrieved 2010-03-23.
  5. ^ Joseph Ushigiale (2003-05-29). "How Patriotic is The Patriots' Call?". ThisDay. Archived from the original on 2005-01-13. Retrieved 2010-03-23.
  6. ^ Dayo Benson (20 August 2009). "PPA - A Once United House in Disarray?". Vanguard. Retrieved 2010-03-23.
  7. ^ Amby Uneze (2006-05-23). "Ebri Tells FG to Overhaul INEC". ThisDay. Retrieved 2010-03-23.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ Austin Oboh (14 October 2008). "Presidential Appointments - Re-Opening Old ANPP Scars". Daily Independent (Lagos). Retrieved 2010-03-23.
  9. ^ Charles Onyekamuo (12 October 2008). "GNU - PPA Hasn't Compromised, Says Ebri". ThisDay. Retrieved 2010-03-23.
  10. ^ "Appeal Court Affirms Orji As Abia Governor". ThisDay. 12 February 2009. Retrieved 2010-03-23.
  11. ^ OLUWOLE FAROTIMI (April 29, 2009). "PPA calls for release of Ekiti election results". Daily Sun. Archived from the original on 20 June 2009. Retrieved 16 Mar 2010.
  12. ^ Nosike Ogbuenyi (30 August 2009). "Kalu on the Horns of Dilemma As PPA Splits". ThisDay. Retrieved 2010-03-23.