John James Akpan Udo-Edehe

John James Akpan Udo-Edehe
Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from Akwa Ibom North-East Senatorial District
In office
29 May 1999 – 29 May 2003
Succeeded by Effiong Dickson Bob
Minister of State for Federal Capital Territory FCT
In office
26 July 2007 – 29 October 2008
Personal details
Born Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria
Nationality Nigerian
Political party People's Democratic Party

John James Akpan Udo-Edehe was elected Senator for the Akwa Ibom North East District of Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria at the start of the Nigerian Fourth Republic, running on the People's Democratic Party (PDP) platform. He took office on 29 May 1999.[1]

Background

Akpan Udo-Edehe was born on 9 November 1963 in Afaha Offot, Uyo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State. He studied at Holy Trinity College, Mbiakong, in Uruan LGA (1975–1979), and in 1990 was admitted to the University of Uyo, where he studied Sociology/Anthropology. Later he studied for an M.Sc in Sociology of Development at the University of Calabar, graduating in 2006.[2] He started work in 1980 as Sales Manager/Personal Assistant to the Chairman of Dajucom Nigeria. He became Managing Director/Executive Chairman of John Silver Nigeria Limited in 1987.[3]

Political career

Udo-Edehe was elected Chairman of the Uyo Local Government and then chairman of Uyo Council with the full support of Mr. Inyang Udoh before being elected to the Senate in 1999.[4] His administration was probed by the Akwa Ibom Military Administrator, Navy Captain Joseph Adeusi.[5] In 1997, he won election as Senator for Uyo during the attempted return to democracy under General Sani Abacha. In 1999, he again ran for the Uyo Senatorial District on the People's Democratic Party (PDP) platform, and was elected. He held office until May 2003.[2] After taking his seat in the Senate Udo-Edehe was appointed to committees on Industry, Labour, Finance & Appropriation, Internal Affairs, Information, Privatization (chairman) and Government Affairs.[6]

Udo-Edehe was Vice Chairman of the Campaign Organisation for election of Obong Victor Attah as Governor of Akwa Ibom State in 2003.[2] He was chairman of Godswill Akpabio's successful campaign for Akwa Ibom governorship in 2006/2007.[4] He was appointed Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) by President Umaru Yar'Adua on 26 July 2007.[7][8] His Senate screening managed to pass despite opposition from party leaders in his state.[9] He was relieved of his position on 29 October 2008 in a major cabinet shake-up.[10][11]

In 2010, he started a campaign to become the 2011 PDP candidate for governor of Akwa Ibom State.[2] The Akwa Ibom Democratic Voice, a group led by Annang people loyal to the incumbent Governor Akpabio tried to prevent his political campaign in the Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District, pulling down his posters.[12] In June 2010, a former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Obong Victor Attah, endorsed Udoedehe as candidate, saying Akwa Ibom had become a failed state under Akpabio's administration.[13] In 2015 Senator Udoedehe re-ran for the gubernatorial election but was defeated by Obong Umana Okon Umana, in the primaries election. After another defeat in 2018 at primaries, in March 2020 Sen.John.J. Udoedehe, was issued an appointment as Board member Nigerian Ports Authority.

References

  1. ^ "FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA LEGISLATIVE ELECTION OF 20 FEBRUARY AND 7 MARCH 1999". Psephos. Retrieved 22 June 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d "About Senator John James Akpanudoedehe". Senator John James Akpanudoedehe. Archived from the original on 17 June 2010. Retrieved 9 May 2010.
  3. ^ "BIREF ON MINISTERS". Nigeria News. 14 September 2007. Archived from the original on 3 September 2011. Retrieved 9 May 2010.
  4. ^ a b Iniobong Ekponta (20 April 2010). "2011: Akpabio, Udoedehe draw battle line". The Nation. Archived from the original on 22 April 2010. Retrieved 22 June 2010.
  5. ^ Ekefre, Akparawa Anietie (18 March 2010). "Is Senator John James Akpanudoedehe a saint?". Point Blank News. Archived from the original on 27 March 2010. Retrieved 16 May 2020.
  6. ^ "Congressional Committees". Nigeria Congress. Archived from the original on 18 November 2009. Retrieved 22 June 2010.
  7. ^ "Why I want to wrest power from Akpabio, by Udoedehe". NIGERIAN COMPASS. 25 November 2009. Retrieved 22 June 2010.
  8. ^ "Nigeria: Yar'Adua names cabinet". Africa News. 27 July 2007. Archived from the original on 28 September 2011. Retrieved 22 June 2010.
  9. ^ CHRISTIAN ITA, DENNIS MERNYI (8 July 2007). "Ugwu, Madueke, others face hurdle". Daily Sun. Archived from the original on 16 October 2007. Retrieved 9 May 2010.
  10. ^ LUCKY NWANKWERE (30 October 2008). "BOOTED OUT! ...20 Ministers sacked, as Yar'Adua reshuffles cabinet". Daily Sun. Archived from the original on 17 August 2010. Retrieved 22 June 2010.
  11. ^ Tobs Agbaegbu (4 November 2008). "Sacking of 20 Ministers". Newswatch. Retrieved 9 May 2010.
  12. ^ Okon Bassey (21 May 2010). "2011 - Akpabio, Udoedehe Groups On Collision Course". ThisDay. Retrieved 22 June 2010.
  13. ^ "AKWA IBOM 2011: ATTAH ENDORSES UDOEDEHE". NBF News. 17 June 2010. Retrieved 22 June 2010.

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