In a bold move and display that vividly showed his sterling qualities, Obong Nsima Ekere, true to predictions, won the APC gubernatorial ticket for Akwa Ibom State.
The primary election, which was free and fair, according to observers, saw Nsima Ekere scoring a hundred and sixty thousand, four hundred and fifty-eight (160,458) votes, which is a landslide, considering the margin. The gentleman, whose mandate is to bring true and impactful governance to the hospitality-friendly state of Akwa Ibom State, defeated Mr. Dan Abia, who got 4,189 votes, Mr. Udoedege, 2,015 votes and Dr. Efretuei, 1,234 votes.
Obong Nsima Ekere, popularly referred to as ONE, is therefore the Akwa Ibom State APC gubernatorial candidate for the 2019 election.
The hashtag #NsimaIsHereAlready has been dominating the social media space, including major streets and iconic places in the state as tremendous support is being given to Ekere who is poised to wrestle power from the PDP-led incumbent governor, Mr. Emmanuel Udom.
Excellent and illustrious Ekere was born on May 29, 1965 in Ikot Oboroenyin, Edemaya Clan, in Ikot Abasi Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State. He started his secondary education at Regina Coeli College, Essene, Ikot Abasi, and completed same at Mary Knoll College, Ogoja, Cross River State.
The current MD of NDDC had a brief but very exciting stint at The Polytechnic, Calabar, between 1981 and 1982, before proceeding to the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, where he graduated with B.Sc. Honours Degree in Estate Management in 1986. He is a fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Estate Surveyors and Valuers, FNIVS. He is also a registered member of Estate Surveyors and Valuers Registration Board of Nigeria, ESVRBN, a Senior Certified Valuer of the International Real Estate Institute, IREI, Minnesota, USA, and again an associate member of the Institute of Revenues, Rating and Valuation, IRRV, London.
The good people of Akwa Ibom are really looking forward to his assumption of office in 2019, by the grace of God.