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A’Ibom dep gov resigns to avoid impeachment

From JOE EFFIONG, Uyo

Deputy Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr Nsima Ekere has resigned from office to take off steam from the impeachment which was planned against him. A terse press release signed by Ekere’s press secretary, Mr Inemesit Ina entitled ‘Akwa Ibom Deputy Governor resigns’ reads: “The deputy Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr Nsima Ekere has resigned from office.” In a letter of resignation dated Wednesday, October 31, 2012, Mr Ekere said he was resigning on personal grounds.

He thanked the governor and the good people of the state for the opportunity given him to serve the state in the last 17 months. “Mr Ekere wished the governor and the people well in the remaining years of the administration.” Daily Sun learnt that plans had already been concluded for Ekere to be impeached next week by the state House of Assembly. His offence was that he became too interested in succeeding Governor Akpabio in 2015, whereas there were others assumed to have been anointed for the job.

An inside source said Ekere was advised to resign to avoid being subjected to Chris Ekpenyong’s treatment whose process of impeachment was started and concluded within two days by the House and the investigation panel set up by the then State Chief Judge, Justice Effiong Idiong. It took the intervention of the Federal Executive Council led by Chief Ojo Madueke, then a minister to prevail on the House and Chief Victor Attah to upturn the impeachment and give Ekpenyong a soft landing of resignation.

Ekere, who unsuccessfully contested the crowded Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial primaries against Akpabio in 2007, was initially chosen by Akpabio as his running mate. But he was later dropped by the party and replaced with Obong Patrick Ekpotu, who came in as a compromise candidate to assuage the frosty relationship between Attah and Akpabio.

But it was obvious that Akpabio was only tolerating Ekpotu, who happens to come from the same Ikot Abasi Local Government Area like Ekere; thus he was offloaded in Akpabio’s second term to finally make way for Ekere, an estate surveyor.

When contacted on phone, his predecessor, Obong Ekpotu expressed surprise over Ekere’s resignation, describing it as “unfortunate somersault. Why should he resign, I thought he knew how well to be a deputy governor.” Asked what his relationship was with Ekere, Ekpotu said “I had no business with such people. I knew all that he did to undermine me so that he would become a deputy governor.”

When asked whether the governor had accepted Ekere’s resignation, the state Commissioner for Information, Mr Aniekan Umanah told Daily Sun that he was not in Uyo but in Abuja as such was not in immediate contact with the governor. Umanah said he learnt of the resignation from the social media just like many other persons but promised to get more facts as soon as possible.

The Chairman of the House Assembly Committee on Information, Mr Effefiong Antigha and the Speaker, Mr Sam Ikon were not available on phone to comment on the angle of the planned impeachment against Ekere.

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51 Comments

  1. Wundu November 1, 2012 at 1:36 am

    Too bad, if the resignation is going to be in the interest of the state,i wish him well and so shall it be. But party members, is it not too early now to start talking about 2015 elections as a serving deputy Gov? If it was personnal problems with the governor, he has done well to save time and save the state from division. I wish his heart desires well and the goood poeple of A’ibom

  2. Wundu November 1, 2012 at 1:44 am

    Too bad, if the resignation is going to be in the interest of the state,i wish him well and so shall it be. But party members, is it not too early now to start talking about 2015 elections as a serving deputy Gov? Is it not proper to concentrate on the work now and do the campain thing when the time is approprite? If it was his personnal problems with the governor, he has done well to save time of going through impechment and all that, and save the state from division. I wish his heart desires well if the are not bad and the good poeple of A’ibom

  3. Obinna November 1, 2012 at 3:33 am

    Akpabio has suddenly become God in Akwa Ibom .The next deputy is obviously the 3rd one. And you want me to beleive that Akpabio is any better than the deputies he is disgracing?

    • Mark November 1, 2012 at 4:54 am

      Mr. Man read in between lines

      • Ubongekpe November 1, 2012 at 10:17 am

        Help me tell the dumb man

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    I wish him good in all his future aspirations.

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  8. awodane November 1, 2012 at 6:00 am

    what an ‘uncommon’ transformation!

  9. Naijabalance November 1, 2012 at 7:07 am

    Ekere, the disciple of ‘uncommon transformation’ going where? TRUTH is beginning to tell itself and shall speak louder. Ekere, bravo for the courage, and you shall not die! Only tell the truth!!

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  11. leo November 1, 2012 at 8:36 am

    GOVERNOR AKPABIO IS RUNNING A ONE MAN SHOW IN AKWA IBOM STATE. HE IS DEMIGOD. HE RUNS THE STATE AS FAMILY MATTER. LET ME REMEMBER THAT SOONER OR LATER HIS TENOR WILL BE OVER SO ALSO IT WAS IN ATTAH ERRA.

  12. Godwin michael-uyo November 1, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Uncommon transformation indeed! Akpabio has suxeeded in making duputy governing a contract job in AKS. Nsima,i wsh u well. U initially tòt u were going to do it beta than Ekpo Otu…

  13. Sir Vick November 1, 2012 at 8:48 am

    For Ekere to resign means he knows the consequence of his hiden disloyalty to d governor and the state. Well, he is very smart, i wish him fare well and continued politiking

  14. Sir Vick November 1, 2012 at 8:48 am

    For Ekere to resign means he knows the consequence of his hiden disloyalty to d governor and the state. Well, he is very smart, i wish him fare well and continued politiking

  15. CYRIL AKPAN November 1, 2012 at 9:22 am

    A MAN ALWAYS HAS TWO REASONS FOR DOING ANYTHING, A GOOD REASON AND REAL REASON, THE TRUTS ABOUT HIS RESIGNATION IS YET TO BE TOLD, IF MR NSIMA EKERE RESIGNS BASE ON THIS REASON, IT TOO COMMON AND VERJ HAD TO BELIEVE EVEN TO A COMMON MAN IN THE STATE.

  16. Akindele @ Cheapest Bulk SMS in Nigeria November 1, 2012 at 9:33 am

    First and foremost, the step he took made it obvious that he respects himself and he does not want such stain, even if he had done what would make the impeachment to be successful.

    Also, he is very smart because he must have concluded on the best way towards achieving his 2015 ambition before his resignation.

    I wish him best of luck.

  17. NWOSU.G.C November 1, 2012 at 10:07 am

    IS RESIGNATION IS A WELCOME DEVELOPMENT IN POLITICS.I LIKE THAT AND AM IN FOR THAT.WISH HIS HIM GOOD LUCK IN FUTURE

  18. NWOSU.G.C November 1, 2012 at 10:08 am

    HIS RESIGNATION IS A WELCOME DEVELOPMENT IN POLITICS.I LIKE THAT AND AM IN FOR THAT.WISH HIS HIM GOOD LUCK IN FUTURE

  19. NWOSU.G.C November 1, 2012 at 10:10 am

    HIS RESIGNATION IS A WELCOME DEVELOPMENT IN POLITICS.I LIKE THAT AND AM IN FOR THAT.WISH HIM GOOD LUCK IN FUTURE

  20. Ubongekpe November 1, 2012 at 10:36 am

    Akwa Ibom ado ok. I wish him the best in his future endeavor. Thank you for your services to Akwa Ibom State.
    For those who are trying to use this resignation as their opportunity to sow discord in AKS, I am sorry for such people. Akwa Ibom will grow from strength to strength.

  21. S.A. Nojeem November 1, 2012 at 10:43 am

    I say Kudos to the Former Deputy Governor, an adage says, Prevention is better than cure.

  22. floxy November 1, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Life without Christ is crisis

  23. njo November 1, 2012 at 11:19 am

    The evil that men orchestrate lives with them, not after. If you want a position do not go for it by first destroying the incumbent. If you destroy the incumbent and by implication, the position, you will end up occupying a meaningless position. That could account for the fate of Mr Nsima Ekere. Even Akpabio should realise that his own time may not be better because he is in Akwa Ibom. If you want to be a good man you should as much as possible avoid any dent of the type that is staring you on the face.

  24. onuh n mathew November 1, 2012 at 11:28 am

    If you say a man is good then you should look at the other side of the man .
    Akpabio should understand that is better to make more friends than more enemies.An employer who sacks all his/her staff should check his /herself.

  25. Umar Ali November 1, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Nawa o for Nigerian politics. why govs and their deputies always be on longer head? You choose him/her to be your deputy base on trust you have on him/her. Our reps shold always think of people they are representing and not individual or selfish interest pls. May Allah help us out in this NAIJA AMIN.

  26. Alhaji Dan-azumi Gana November 1, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    What a bold step taken by Ekere!. Obong Ekpotus statement against Ekere is enviness and undemocratic. When asked about Ekeres resignation, Ekpotu made some under mentioned statements. I thought he knew how well to be a deputy governor. secondly, I had no business with such people. thirdly, I have new all that he did to undermine me so that he would become a deputy governor. these are useless and envy comments by Obong Ekputu. This shows Ekputu is not matured for politics.

  27. ekanem aniefiok November 1, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    Thanks for your services to the people of akwa ibom state. You have created job opportunity for someone else.

  28. Fortunatus November 1, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    Let them make the reason open so that we will know why he resigned. I believe there is something they are not telling us. Well I wish him the best.

  29. Joseflash D’don a.k.a preddyjoe sambo November 1, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Mr Nsima Ekere don fall my hands oh, i just finish recording a hit track for the two best heros Chife Obot Akpabio and Mr Nsima Ekere coming on this December now i have to revoice it back again is not easy oh, God help him i love Chife Obot Akpabio our best Governor of the year plz choose a right person a name more sweeter than Nsima Ekere, i love you both.

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  31. Livinus Njoku November 1, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    Surveyor Ekere is an honourable man for his foresight and high sense of diginity.But posterity shall judge better.

  32. Alibaba November 1, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    The reasons given above are nt sound enough to force a state dupty in nigeria to resign office bt the truth will be known soon.. We are wesier than 8b4

  33. david November 1, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    na %centage be dey wahala if you don’t know hear it now…..any were in Nigeria wey this type of problem dey,check well oga no dey settle well ,he dey chop alone but you can’t chop alone bcos you are working with people period….we all know that it is our wealth be there problem but make dem dey chop am small small ok..

  34. idris November 1, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    MR AKPABIO.. PLEASE BE VERY CAREFULL..THIS USE AND DUMP POLITICS IS NOT GOOD. TRY AND REDUCE THE NUMBER OF ENEMIES YOU MAKE FOR YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY. MAY ALLAH BLESS U.

  35. John inalegwu November 1, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    This is a political ploy

  36. robert November 1, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    I. Cannot. Understand.the meaning of.this their talk.b/c it.is.meaningless to say that.that the deputy.govenor cannot contest for governor in 2015 there should be another reason for resigningt

  37. Steve Ej November 1, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    Good step for the resignatn,let him press more.Ekere respect himself instead of being disgraced.

  38. nsikak young November 1, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    I believe in one thing that, mr nsima ekere can not just wake one morning and decide 2 resign from office has the deputy governor of akwa ibom state without any problem. To me its not all about going into any political office, its all about staying till ur tenure is over. (THE SIT IS 2HOT) there is nothing hidden under sun that will not be revealed one day. WATCH OUT!!!!

  39. gideon emmanuel November 1, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Akpabio should be ashamed that his deputies are always leaving for one reason or the other. If he does not want a deputy then let him run the state alone. As for Ekpotu let him know that Akpabio never liked him from the onset, he was only tolerated and as such he should mind the sort of remarks he makes about Ekere.

  40. stepo November 1, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    Wish him luck in his future endevours

  41. NOJ November 1, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    Nigeria! Nigeria!! Nigeria!!! Dos a state house of assembly has d rite n powr 2 impeach a deputy gov or anybody simply bcos he aspires 2 b a govenor? Dat xcuz(bcoz dats nt a reason) is 2 weak,flimcy n porous. Its like a traditional council of chiefs banishin d heir aperent simply bcos he wants 2 bcom d nxt obong(oba,igwe or king) wen his fada must hav joind his ancestorz. Hard 2 bliv,pres pls alow dis pple tel us d main reason n d truth,ther is mor 2 it dan wat u(d pres) try 2 deduce n aduce. Cud som1 tel me wats going on in ma bluvd country? God pls help us

  42. Ondaj November 1, 2012 at 9:05 pm

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  43. Ubon Israel November 1, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    Mr Nsima y so soon.

  44. baba tee November 1, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    naija politics. mr gov controls the house of assembly so he can remove even the speaker talkless of a spare three like the deputy governor. the greatest challenge out democracy has the dictatorship of the governors. they are like village headmasters of old. all-knowing. they are just too powerful. they determine who becomes the President, the senate president, the speaker, the ministers, the senators, the reps, the commissioners, the council chaiirmen and even councillors. so where is the democracy. until the powers of the governors are politically reduced and checkmated, there is great danger for our democracy. only stupid and hungry politicians who want to be deputies to all these one man show governors in Nigeria. the way the deputy governors are treated is to say the least very degrading and inglorious.

  45. ISREALDO November 2, 2012 at 5:40 am

    NSIMA EKERE, GO HOME AND ARRANGE YRSELF, YOUR HOME IS IN DISAARAY, IKOT ABASI / MKPAT ENIN PEOPLE WILL NOT TOLERATE “MINORITY STATUS ” IN AKWA IBOM STATE, OTHERWISE WE ARE BREWING RESISTANCE MOVEMENT.
    BUT PLS DO NOT FOLLOW FRANK OKON EMPTY AND BALD- HEADED STRATEGY, YOU HAVE BEEN IN THE SYSTEM FOR LONG AND SHOULD BE A CRACK STRATEGIST !!!!!!

  46. SAMBO187 November 2, 2012 at 5:59 am

    IT IS A SHAME DAT D POSITION OF D DEPUTY GOV. IS ON CONTRACT. WELL NSIMA I SALUTE UR COURAGE,BOLD STEP TAKEN TO RESIGN. EVEN SISTER JONA NOR AKPABIO CAN’T BE SO BOLD. BUT NSIMA WHY U NO DEY SHARE THIS STATE CAKE TO BOY? D NEXT DEPUTY GOV. IS UMANA O UMANA (yeye people)

  47. Tenten November 2, 2012 at 6:18 am

    Ekere was bias during his local govt electn primaries up to a point that he was alone on the que for candidate,his resignatn serve him frm the shame of due course,he is smart and has learnt his lesson.

  48. liz November 6, 2012 at 11:18 am

    TOO MUCH MONEY IN AKWA IBOM EVERY BODY WANT A SHARE

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