Former Akwa Ibom deputy governor seeks support for successor

Nsima Ekere wished his former boss a successful tenure

Nov. 5 (PREMIUM TIMES) —The immediate past Deputy Governor of Akwa Ibom, Nsima Ekere, has urged the people of the state to support his successor, Valerie Ebe, in her new assignment. In a statement signed by Mr. Ekere’s Press Secretary, Inem Ina, in Uyo on Sunday, the former deputy governor congratulated Ms. Ebe on her new appointment, saying it was well deserved, “given her pedigree, education, exposure and experience.”

The former deputy governor expressed confidence in his successor, saying she would deliver in her new assignment. He solicited the cooperation of citizens to enable her succeed. Mr. Ekere resigned from office on October 31 on personal grounds. Reports indicated that the former deputy governor resigned from office to save himself the embarrassment of being impeached. The state lawmakers were already meeting secretly to commence impeachment proceedings against Mr. Ekere for allegedly plotting to replace the state governor, Godswill Akpabio when the latter’s tenure ends in 2015.

His resignation paved the way for the appointment of the first female deputy governor in 25 years of the existence of Akwa Ibom. The new deputy governor, who was sworn-in on November 3, was formerly the Commissioner for Environment and Culture and Tourism in the first tenure of Mr. Akpabio.




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