John James Akpan Udo-Edehe
John James Akpan Udo-Edehe
|Senator for Akwa Ibom North East|
29 May 1999 – 29 May 2003
|Succeeded by||Effiong Dickson Bob|
|Minister of State for FCT|
26 July 2007 – 29 October 2008
|Born||Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria|
John James Akpan Udo-Edehe was elected Senator for the Akwa Ibom North East constituency 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.
Akpanudoedehe was born on 9th 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. 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.
Later he was elected to Chairman of the Uyo Local Government and then chairman of Uyo Council before being elected to the Senate in 1999. His administration was probed by the Akwa Ibom Military Administrator, Navy Captain Joseph Adeusi. 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. After taking his seat in the Senate Udoedehe was appointed to committees on Industry, Labour, Finance & Appropriation, Internal Affairs, Information, Privatization (chairman) and Government Affairs.
Akpan Udoedehe was Vice Chairman of the Campaign Organisation for election of Obong Victor Attah as Governor of Akwa Ibom State in 2003. He was chairman of Godswill Akpabio's successful campaign for Akwa Ibom governorship in 2006/2007. He was appointed Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) by President Umaru Yar'Adua on 26 July 2007. His Senate screening managed to pass despite opposition from party leaders in his state. He was relieved of his position on 29 October 2008 in a major cabinet shake-up.
In 2010 he had started campaigning to become the 2011 PDP candidate for governor of Akwa Ibom State. 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. 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.
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