I RESIGNED IN 2012 TO AVOID IMPEACHMENT–EKERE
Five years after leaving the scene as deputy governor, Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Mr. Nsima Ekere says he resigned to avoid impeachment by the state House of Assembly.
Mr Ekere had in his resignation letter in September 2012, said he was throwing in the towel to go and face his private businesses and other personal reasons.
However, in a statement posted by his personal assistant Obong Iniobong John, Ekere said he was forced to flee the seat of government as a result of signs of impeachment moves by the state legislature against him.
Ekere’s aide said, “he served in the Governor Akpabio’s administration for about six years, first as Chairman of AKIIPOC and MD of Ibom Power Company and secondly as Deputy Governor where he took a smart walk when his traducers who were not able to match his rich profile and intimidating political structures across every length and breadth of the state ganged up and mobilised the state legislature to impeach him on trumped up charges with a view to truncating his future political ambitions.”
The former deputy governor who was upbeat about his governorship intention in 2019, said that he disappointed his political foes by his bold step.
“As a smart and ever vigilant man, he outsmarted his foes who thought that the only way they could stop him from realising his future political ambitions was to get him impeached just to dent his political records.”
Mr Ekere’s aide who is also the Chairman of the State APC Youth Caucus refuted plans by Mr Ekere to contest in the governorship election next year, saying the Managing Director of NDDC is focused on using his position in the agency to attract life-touching projects to the state.
He further described Mr Ekere as a “man who knows all the stakeholders of the Akwa Ibom project,youth leaders,women leaders,party leaders, professionals,traditional rulers by their names and faces, a very humble and down-to-earth person.”