Senator John James Akpan Udoedeghe
Political Rights Activist.
As Chairman of Uyo Local Government Area, he resigned from office following a disagreement with the then Military Governor who countered his directives that motor parks should move to a central location, was arrested and detained and later released after a strong petition to the then Head of State by elders of the Local Government Area.
Boldness, courage, political rights advocacy outlines some of the character traits of Sen John James Akpan Udoedeghe who is at present the National Secretary of the Caretaker Committee of the All Progressives Congress, APC. Before the appointment, he had served as a Board of Trustees and National Caucus member of the party. As party National Secretary, he has passionately facilitated the active inclusion of Akwa Ibom sons and daughters in the affairs of the party.
Sen Udoedeghe has not always been in the APC. He started politics as an Ex-Officio in Uyo Urban Ward 1 executive committee of the defunct National Republican Convention, NRC. He also won the ticket for the Senate under the platform of the United Nigeria Congress Party, in 1998, in the stillborn transition of the Gen Sanni Abacha regime, defeating the man who defeated his father, the late Obong James Akpan Udoedeghe, popularly known as Akamaisio, in elections into the Cross River State House of Assembly in 1979, Obong Okokon Etuk.
In 1999, he emerged Senator representing Akwa Ibom North-East Senatorial District under the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, emerging the first Akwa Ibom Senator to be made a Committee Chairman. He was one of those who persuaded then President Olusegun Obasanjo to come up with a political solution to the onshore/offshore oil dichotomy imbroglio.
The alumnus of Holy Trinity College, Mbiakong and the University of Uyo where he bagged a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology ( 1994), Master’s degree (2007) and Doctor of Philosophy, PhD, degree in Sociology of Development ( 2011) was appointed Minister of State, Federal Capital Territory in 2007.
He was recently ordained a Minister of the Gospel.
Akwa Ibom Celebrates a Political Rights Activist.