Godswill Obot Akpabio, lawyer, politician, former governor of Akwa-Ibom State and Senator, 54, December 9. He was born in Ukana, Ikot Ntuen in Essien Udim Local Government Area of the state, he attended Methodist Primary School, Ukana, Essien Udim LGA, Federal Government College, Port Harcourt, Rivers State; and University of Calabar, Cross River State, where he obtained a Degree in Law. He was called to the Nigerian bar in 1988. Akpabio had a brief stint as a teacher and as an associate partner with Paul Usoro and Co., a leading law firm in Nigeria. He also worked with EMIS Telecoms Limited. In 2002, he rose to the position of the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the company. In 2002, he was appointed Commissioner for Petroleum and Natural Resources in Akwa Ibom State. From 2002-2006 he served as a Commissioner in three key ministries: Petroleum and Natural Resources, Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, as well as Lands and Housing. In 2007 he was elected governor of the state and won re-election 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 and was elected Senate Minority Leader.
— Dec 26, 2016 @ 01:00 GMT