Udom Gabriel Emmanuel is the current Governor of Akwa Ibom State in Nigeria. He assumed office on the 29th of May 2015 after succeeding in the past governor in the person of Godswill Obot Akpabio. Udom Emmanuel emerged a winner under the Akwa Ibom State People’s Democratic Party (PDP) after running for the governorship seat in April, 2015. On the 29th of May, 2019, Udom Gabriel Emmanuel was re-elected as governor of Akwa Ibom State by the same party.
Birth: Udom Gabriel Emmanuel comes from Onna Local Government in the Awa Iman community of Akwa Ibom State. He was born on the 11th of July, 1966.
Parent: Udom Gabriel Emmanuel’s father was a renowned teacher and community builder with the name Gabriel Emmanuel Nkenang. He was formally called ’’Ette Teacher’’.
Religion: Udom Gabriel Emmanuel is a Christian and a member of the United Evangelical Church (QIC), also known as Qua Iboe Church.
Education: Udom Gabriel Emmanuel completed his senior secondary education at Secondary Commercial School at Ikot Akpan Esshiet, in Onna Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State. After obtaining his West African Examination Council’s Certificate (WAEC), he moved on to Akwa Ibom State School of Art and Science where he obtained his Certificate of Basic Studies and Higher School Certificate.
In 1988, Udom Emmanuel successfully completed his Bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Lagos, Unilag. He also went further and did the Advanced Management Program at INSEAD in France.
Udom Emmanuel is a Chartered Accountant and he was trained with Price Waterhouse Coopers, He is also a Fellow of Nigerian Institute of Management and also an Associate of Chartered Institute of Taxation Nigeria.
Career: Mr. Udom Gabriel Emmanuel has had a lifelong career in the banking and financial sector, which commenced with him being an Audit Manager of Price Waterhouse Coopers. He was Pioneer Manager of Diamond Bank Plc Lagos Central Branch till 1996 when he left and joined Zenith Bank. Afterward, he was made a Chief Financial Officer of Zenith Bank Plc.
Udom Emmanuel later went on to become the Group Head of the Telecommunications Sector and Income Optimization, Financial Control and Strategic Planning Department of Zenith Bank Plc. He also served as the Executive Director of Zenith Bank in a career in the financial sector that lasted more than seventeen years, before he left and joined politics.
In politics, Mr. Udom Gabriel Emmanuel was appointed the Secretary to the State Government, Akwa Ibom State in July 2013 by the former governor of Akwa Ibom State, Chief Dr. Godswill Obot Akpabio. In October 2014, he became the Flag Bearing Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) as the Governorship Candidate for the 2015 General Elections after defeating twenty-two (22) other aspirants of his party in Akwa Ibom State. During the March 2015 General Elections, in the Akwa Ibom State Governorship Election.
Mr. Udom Emmanuel was declared the winner by INEC (the Independent National Electoral Commission) as the winner of the 2015 Akwa Ibom State Governorship Election under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party, beating his closest opponent, Mr. Umana Okon Umana of APC (All Progressive Congress with a total vote of 999,071 ahead of his 89,865 votes as runner up. He was sworn on 29th May, 2015 as Governor of Akwa Ibom State.
During the 2019 General Elections, Udom Gabriel Emmanuel was re-elected under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the second time as the Governor of Akwa Ibom State. He scored 519,712 votes to defeat 44 other governorship aspirants and candidates, with his closest opponent in the 9th March election being Obong Nsima Ekere of APC (All Progressive Congress) who had 171,978 votes to come second. He has been sworn in for his second term in office and he is the current governor of Akwa Abasi Ibom State.
Family Life: Mr. Udom Gabriel Emmanuel is a staunched and dedicated Christian, an active and ordained Deacon of The United Evangelical Church (UEC) formerly known as Qua Iboe Church (QIC). He is happily married to Mrs. Martha Udom Emmanuel of the Ibesikpo Local Government of Akwa Ibom State. He is blessed with four children, two males and two females.