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Deputy Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Nsima Ekere Resigns! Is it Better to Resign than to be Impeached?



Yesterday, the Deputy Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr Nsima Ekere announced his resignation from office. According to news reports, he found out some members of the State House of Assembly had perfected plans to impeach him and promptly tendered his resignation.

In the letter of resignation signed by the Press Secretary to the Deputy Governor Mr. Inemesit Ina and dated Wednesday 31st October 2012, Mr. Ekere said he was resigning on “personal grounds.”

He thanked the Governor and the good people of the state for the opportunity given him to serve the state in the last 17 months and wished the Governor and the people well in the remaining years of the administration.

Though his resignation came as a shock to many, some media reports claim that there had recently been heightened tension between himself and Governor Godswill Akpabio over his governorship ambition in 2015. The Will reports that political analysts in Akwa Ibom say Akpabio is believed to be grooming his SSG, Umana O Umana as his successor in 2015.

Further reports say that Ekere had on two instances in the last few weeks frustrated Akpabio’s plot to get assemblymen to impeach the Speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Elder Sam Ikon. And so, just as Akpabio had successfully mobilized assemblymen at the State House of Assembly to begin impeachment proceedings against the Deputy Governor, he tendered his resignation.

This story sounds really fishy, like there must be more to it. But it gets me wondering, is it better to resign than to be impeached from office? If you know for certain you are going to be impeached, is it better to tender your resignation and walk away rather than have impeachment procedures leveled against you and be pushed out of office? Which one has more “glory”?

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at


  1. Tosin

    November 1, 2012 at 7:48 am

    Impeachment isn’t that easy, constitutionally speaking. Remember the Bill Clinton “high crimes and misdemeanours?” Hooking up with the intern didn’t count. Lying under oath (under duress) didn’t make it either.
    But I’d rather resign than deal with stupidity sometimes, yes. Good luck to these guys. May the better leaders win.

  2. i no send

    November 1, 2012 at 8:21 am

    it is better to resign with your dignity..well done obong nsima ekere..politics really should not be a do or die affair……akpabio has become a terrorist in his state…time will tell

  3. Precious

    November 1, 2012 at 8:47 am

    Jonathan should do same!

    • Partyrider

      November 1, 2012 at 1:04 pm

      Oh please

  4. Akindele @ Cheapest Bulk SMS in Nigeria

    November 1, 2012 at 8:54 am

    First and foremost, the step he took made it obvious that he respects himself and he does not want such stain, even if he had done what would make the impeachment to be successful.

    Also, he is very smart because he must have concluded on the best way towards achieving his 2015 ambition before his resignation.

    I wish him best of luck.

  5. Idris mb

    November 1, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Rather resign than impeachment weldone mr dupGov. Onceagain i salute u

  6. Donald.E. E

    November 1, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    it a good thing to resign and avoid the shame of being labeled a name ur not. But if we continue to keep calm becouse we dont want to be label then today will still repeat itself in the same manner tomorow..God will see us through

  7. Michael M Bassey

    November 2, 2012 at 11:54 am

    There is no smoke without fire; God knows better!

  8. George

    November 5, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    Man of dignity and integrity congrats once again. Mr Nsima ekere is so smart like i used to be me,i do lyk such action.

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