Governor of Akwa Ibom State
Date of Birth: 19/12/1962
Place of Birth: Ukana Ikot Ntuem
Education: Methodist Primary School, Ukana; Federal Government College, Port Harcourt; BA, Law, University of Calabar; Nigerian Law School.
Career: Teacher, Afaha Secondary School, Essien Udin, 1982; Associate Partner, Paul Usoro and Co, Lagos; Director, Corporate Affairs/Legal Services, 1995-02; Commissioner for Petroleum and Natural Resources, 2002-03; Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, 2003-06; Governor, Akwa Ibom State, 2007 to date.
Commentary: Akpabio was a Commissioner in his predecessor Adamu Attah's government and beat 57 other candidates to win the 2007 gubernatorial race. The two have since been locked in a public war of words.