|Date of Birth:
|December 9, 1962 (61 years old)
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What is Godswill Obot Akpabio’s Net Worth?
Godswill Akpabio is a Nigerian lawyer and politician with a net worth of $17 billion. He served as the previous Minister of Niger Delta Affairs before resigning on May 11, 2022, at the request of President Muhammadu Buhari to run in the APC’s presidential primary. From May 29, 2007, to May 29, 2015, he was also the governor of Nigeria’s Akwa Ibom State.
Fathered by Chief Obot Akpabio of Ukana, Ikot Ntuen in the Essien Udim Local Government Area and Madam Lucy Obot Akpabio (née Inyangetor), Godswill Akpabio is their son. On December 9, 1962, he was brought into the world. Following the early death of his father, he was raised by his mother.
In the region of Ikot Ekpene, Okuku Udo Akpabio, Akpabio’s grandfather, served as the license chief. His uncle, Dr. I. U. Akpabio, was the minister of domestic matters and education for the Eastern Nigerian region at the time. In the Second Nigerian Republic, his cousin Justice Nsima Akpabio was a senator.
Akpabio completed his education at the University of Calabar in Cross River State, where he obtained a law degree, the Federal Government College in Port Harcourt in Rivers State, and the Methodist Primary School in Ukana, Essien Udim LGA, Akwa Ibom State.
While a student at the Federal Government College in Port Harcourt, he was selected to be the Senior Prefect. Akpabio was appointed to lead the University of Calabar’s parliamentary year.
In the Nigerian legal firm Paul Usoro and Co., Akpabio served for a brief time as an affiliate partner and as a tutor. A wireless telecommunications company in Lagos, Nigeria called EMIS Telecoms Limited also engaged him.
In 2002, he was given the opportunity to become the company’s CEO and Managing Director. In this role, he contributed to determining the direction of the developing telecoms sector. He had served as the CEO of EMIS and the Association of Telecommunication Companies of Nigeria’s National Publicity Secretary, respectively, in the past (ATCOM).
He was appointed the Honorable Commissioner for Petroleum and Natural Resources in 2002 by Obong Victor Attah, the Akwa Ibom State governor at the time. Between 2002 to 2006, he served as Commissioner for the Ministries of Petroleum and Natural Resources, Local Government, and Chieftaincy Affairs.
In a competitive primary election in 2006, he stood for governor of Akwa Ibom State and won by defeating 57 other contenders to become the People’s Democratic Party’s nominee (PDP). He was elected governor in 2007 after a successful campaign with the catchphrase “let God’s will be done.”
As the governor of Akwa Ibom State, he won reelection in 2011 for a second term. 2013 saw him chosen as the PDP Governors Forum’s first Chairman. In 2015, he campaigned for and won the seat for the Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District in the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
He defeated Chief Inibehe Okorie of the All Progressive Congress (APC), who garnered 15,152 votes, and was later declared the winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission, by receiving 422,009 of the 439,449 total votes while competing on the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) ticket (INEC).
Akpabio was put forth as a candidate for Senate Minority Leader on July 28, 2015, by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) South-South constituency. The PDP Senate caucus subsequently supported Akpabio’s nomination, and the Senate President subsequently appointed him to office.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) beat the PDP in the national elections of 2015, taking the power away from them. Senator Akpabio resigned as the Senate Minority Leader in August 2018 after officially pledging allegiance to the All Progressive Congress.
A campaign protest was held in his hometown of Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom State, to commemorate his desertion. In July 2019, President Muhammadu Buhari suggested him for a cabinet position, and the Nigerian Senate looked into his candidacy. He was inaugurated as the Federal Republic of Nigeria’s Minister for Niger Delta Affairs on August 21, 2019.
Catholic Christianity is practiced by Akpabio. Akpabio is married to Ekaette Unoma Akpabio, who established the non-governmental organization Family Life Enhancement Initiative (FLEI), which provides a venue for concentrating growth strategies on the household as a method of achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). A son and four girls are the children of Akpabio and his wife.
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