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Chief Godswill Obot Akpabio, CON [1] (born 9 December 1962), is a Nigerian lawyer and politician who is a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Senate's Minority Leader.[2][3] He was also Governor of Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria from May 29, 2007 to May 29, 2015.

Godswill Obot Akpabio
Godswill Obot Akpabio (2012).jpg
Portrait of Akpabio
Senator for Akwa Ibom North-West (Ikot Ekpene)
Assumed office
09 June 2015
Preceded byAloysius Akpan Etok
Senate Minority Leader
Assumed office
28 July 2015 - 07 August 2018
Preceded byGeorge Akume (APC)
3rd Governor of Akwa Ibom State
In office
29 May 2007 – 29 May 2015
Preceded byObong Victor Attah
Succeeded byUdom Gabriel Emmanuel
Personal details
Born (1962-12-09) 9 December 1962 (age 56)
Ukana, Ikot Ntuen, Essien Udim, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria
Political party(APC)
Spouse(s)Ekaette Unoma Akpabio
Parents
  • Chief Obot Akpabio
  • Madam Lucy Obot Akpabio (nee Inyangetor)
Alma materUniversity of Calabar

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Early life and careerEdit

Godswill Akpabio is the son of Chief Obot Akpabio and Madam Lucy Obot Akpabio (née Inyangetor) of Ukana, Ikot Ntuen in Essien Udim Local Government Area.[4] He was born on 9 December 1962. He lost his father early in life and was raised by his mother.[5]

EducationEdit

Akpabio was educated at Methodist Primary School, Ukana,[6] Essien Udim LGA, Akwa Ibom State; the Federal Government College, Port Harcourt,[7] Rivers State; and the University of Calabar,[8] Cross River State, where he obtained a Degree in Law.[9][10]

While at the Federal Government College, Port Harcourt, he was appointed the Senior Prefect.[6] In the University of Calabar, Akpabio was elected as the speaker of the parliamentary year[1]</ref>[11][4]

Family and personal lifeEdit

Godswill Akpabio’s grandfather, Okuku Udo Akpabio, was the Warrant Chief in Ikot Ekpene province. His uncle, Dr. I. U. Akpabio, was the Minister of Education/Internal Affairs in the then Eastern Nigeria. Justice Nsima Akpabio, his cousin, was a senator in the Second Nigerian Republic.[4]

Akpabio is a Christian of the Catholic faith.[5] Godswill is married to Ekaette Unoma Akpabio, the founder of Family Life Enhancement Initiative (FLEI), a non-governmental organization providing a platform for redirecting the focus of development efforts on the family as a strategy for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).[12][13][14][15]

Akpabio and his wife have four daughters and a son.

Career and employmentEdit

Akpabio had a brief stint as a teacher and as an associate partner with Paul Usoro and Co., a law firm in Nigeria.[16][17]

Akpabio also worked with EMIS Telecoms Limited, a wireless telecommunications company in Lagos, Nigeria. In 2002, he rose to the position of the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the company.[17] In this position, he helped in shaping the future of the burgeoning telecoms industry. He had earlier served as the National Publicity Secretary of the Association of Telecommunication Companies in Nigeria, (ATCOM), while a director of EMIS.[18]

Appointments and politicsEdit

In 2002, he was appointed Honourable Commissioner for Petroleum and Natural Resources by the then Governor Obong Victor Attah in Akwa Ibom State. Between 2002 and 2006, he served as a Commissioner in three key ministries: Petroleum and Natural Resources, Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, as well as Lands and Housing.[17][5][19]

In 2006, he aspired for the governorship of Akwa Ibom State in a contested primary election and defeated 57 other aspirants to emerge the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).[20] His campaign with the slogan, “let God’s will be done” received mass support and was elected Governor in 2007. He was re-elected for a second term in office as Governor of Akwa Ibom State in 2011.[21]

In 2013, he was elected Chairman of the newly formed PDP Governors Forum.[22]

In 2015, he contested and won the Senate seat of the Akwa Ibom North West (Ikot Ekpene) Senatorial District to represent the district in the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Running under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), he polled 422,009 of the 439,449 to defeat Chief Inibehe Okorie of the All Progressive Congress (APC) who recorded 15, 152 votes to be declared elected by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).[2]

Akpabio was nominated for the position of the Senate Minority Leader by the South-South caucus of the People's Democratic Party (PDP), ratified by the caucus of the PDP in the Senate and announced by the Senate President as Senate Minority Leader on 28 July 2015. The PDP lost the majority to the All Progressives Congress (APC), in the 2015 general elections.[23][24]

In August 2018, Senator Akpabio resigned as the Senate Minority Leader,[25] after he had announced his defection to the All Progressive Congress. His defection was marked by Political rally in his hometown at the Ikot Ekpene township stadium, Akwa Ibom State.[26]

HonoursEdit

International honoursEdit

National honoursEdit

Academic & professional honoursEdit

Media honoursEdit

  • Best Governor in Africa, Africa Development Magazine.[43][44]
  • Governor of the Year 2012, Leadership (newspaper).[45]
  • Man of the Year 2011, Sun (newspaper).[46]
  • Best Governor in Nigeria and Outstanding Human Brand 2010: Billboard World.
  • Man of the Year 2010: National Daily Newspaper.[19]
  • Governor of the Year 2010: Nigerian Tribune.[47]
  • Award of Excellence for Outstanding Performance 2010: Nigeria Union of Journalists.[48]
  • Nigeria’s Emerging Tiger 2009: Thisday Newspapers.[49]
  • Man of the Year 2009: The Daily Independent (Lagos).[50]
  • Man of the Year 2009: National Daily Newspaper.[51]
  • 2008 Most Outstanding Governor in Nigeria (South South): National Daily Newspaper.[51]
  • Governor of the Year (South-South): City People Magazine.[18]
  • Best Governor Infrastructure 2009: Encomium Magazine.[52]
  • Best Governor (South South): Encomium Magazine.[52]
  • Excellency Award as Best Governor South-South 2009: Global Excellence Magazine.[5]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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