A’Ibom dep gov resigns to avoid impeachment

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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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  1. 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. 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. 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?

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  7. 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!!

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. Alhaji Dan-azumi Gana on

    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.

  18. ekanem aniefiok on

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

  19. 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.

  20. Joseflash D'don a.k.a preddyjoe sambo on

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

  23. 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

  24. 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..

  25. 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.

  26. 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

  27. 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!!!!

  28. gideon emmanuel on

    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.

  29. 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

  30. 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.

  31. 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 !!!!!!

  32. 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)

  33. 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.

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