What you should know about Godswill Akpabio — Nigeria’s new senate president

 What you should know about Godswill Akpabio — Nigeria’s new senate president

On Tuesday, Godswill Akpabio, the lawmaker representing Akwa Ibom North-West Senatorial District, emerged as the Senate President for the 10th National Assembly.

He had 63 votes to defeat his rival, Sen Abudlazeez Yari from Zamfara West Senatorial District, who garnered 46 votes.

Godswill Obot Akpabio is a Nigerian politician who has held various positions in government and politics. Here is a profile of Godswill Akpabio:

– Personal Background: Godswill Obot Akpabio was born on December 9, 1962, in Ukana Ikot Ntuen, Essien Udim Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria. He is of the Ibibio ethnic group.

– Education: Akpabio attended the Federal Government College, Port Harcourt, Rivers State. He later obtained a law degree from the University of Calabar, Cross River State. He was called to the Nigerian Bar as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

– Political Career: Akpabio began his political career as a commissioner in Akwa Ibom State. He served as Commissioner for Petroleum and Natural Resources, Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, and Commissioner for Lands and Housing under the administration of Governor Victor Attah.

– Governor of Akwa Ibom State: Akpabio was elected as the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria, in 2007 under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). He served two terms from 2007 to 2015. During his tenure, Akpabio implemented various infrastructure projects, including the construction and rehabilitation of roads, schools, hospitals, and the development of the Ibom Deep Seaport and Ibom Tropicana Entertainment Centre.

– Senator: In 2015, Akpabio was elected as a senator representing Akwa Ibom North-West Senatorial District in the Nigerian Senate. He was re-elected in 2019. He has been an active participant in legislative activities and has held various committee positions, including the position of Senate Minority Leader.

– Party Affiliation: Akpabio was a member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for many years. However, in 2018, he defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC), citing reasons related to the development of his home state and the country.

– In June 2022, Akpabio resigned from his position as minister for Niger Delta Affairs to contest in the presidential primaries of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) but stepped down on the night of the primaries for the eventual winner, now President Bola Tinubu.

– Controversies: Akpabio has faced some controversies throughout his political career. These include allegations of corruption and mismanagement of funds during his time as governor. However, it’s important to note that accusations are not equivalent to guilt, and legal processes and investigations are required for conclusive determinations.

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