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Godswill Akpabio’s Biography, Net Worth, Spouse, Education, Occupation, And More

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Godswill Akpabio s a Nigerian lawyer and politician who served as minister for Niger Delta Affairs from 2019 to 2022.



He resigned on 11 May 2022 on the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari to contest in the presidential primaries of the All Progressives Congress.

Who is Godswill Akpabio?

Akpabio is a Nigerian lawyer and politician who served as minister for Niger Delta Affairs from 2019 to 2022. He previously served as governor of Akwa Ibom State from 2007 to 2015.

Full name: Godswill Obot Akpabio (CON)

Date of birth: 9 December 1962

Place of birth: Essien Udim

Age: 60

State of origin: Akwa Ibom

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Nationality: Nigerian

Religion: Christianity

Education: University of Calabar, Calabar, The Nigerian Law School, Government College Umuahia

Occupation: Politician and Lawyer

Spouse: Ekaette Akpabio

Children: Four daugthers and a son

Parents: Chief Obot Akpabio and Madam Lucy Obot Akpabio (née Inyangetor)

Net worth: Update soon

Political party: All Progressive Congress(APC)

Previous office:  Governor of Akwa Ibom State

Houses: Update soon

Cars: Unavailable

Awards: Industry Patron Award

Social media: Facebook@Godswillobotakpabio

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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 Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). 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.

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

In 2015, he contested and won the Senate seat of the Akwa Ibom North-West Senatorial District (Ikot Ekpene) 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 Progressives Congress (APC) who recorded 15,152 votes to be declared elected by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Akpabio was nominated for the position of the Senate Minority Leader by the South-South caucus of the Peoples 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.

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

In July 2019, he was nominated by President Muhammadu Buhari and screened by the Nigerian Senate for a Ministerial appointment. On 21 August 2019, he was sworn in as Minister for Niger Delta Affairs.

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 Bola Tinubu.

A few days after the presidential primaries, he emerged as the Senatorial candidate for Akwa Ibom North-West Senatorial District. However, it was fraught with accusations of foul play by stakeholders of the party in the State. He went on to defeat his closest rival Emmanuel Enoidem of the Peoples Democratic Party to become the senator-elect in the 2023 general elections polling 115,401 votes, against Enoidem’s 69,838 votes.

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