Obong Nsima Ekere has expectedly won the APC Gubernatorial ticket for Akwa Ibom State in the coming general election in 2019.
The primary election, which was free and fair, according to observers, saw Nsima Ekere winning 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 into 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, who got just 1,234 votes.
Obong Nsima Ekere, popularly referred to as ONE, in line with the acronym of his names, in a bold move and display that has continually showed his sterling qualities, is therefore the Akwa Ibom State APC gubernatorial candidate for 2019 election. The hashtag #NsimaIsHereAlready has been abuzz the social media space and in major streets and iconic places in the state as tremendous support has been rendered to Mr. Nsima Ekere who is poised to wrestle power from the PDP-led incumbent governor, Mr Emmanuel Udom.
Maverick 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.
He 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 to boot, an associate member of the Institute of Revenues, Rating and Valuation, IRRV, London.