A former Attorney General of Cross River in the Donald Duke administration, Eyo O. Ekpo, picked up his Expression of Interest and Nomination forms for Cross River State’s gubernatorial contest at the Social Democratic Party (SDP) national headquarters in Abuja on Thursday.
Speaking before collecting his form, Ekpo said: “My decision to contest the governorship on the SDP platform, is due to my conviction that this Party represents a credible alternative to the current State Government leadership that has grievously failed to deliver any improvement in the material well-being of the people in this state”
“Historically, the SDP is a party associated with hope, and I believe that hope is now within reach for Cross Riverians. I am eager to share my plans and the SDP’s message to all citizens in all parts of the state.”
“I call on well-meaning Cross Riverians to join a movement that is genuine about reversing the decline of the state, especially in the last three years. We urgently need to recover and restore the promise and prosperity of Cross River. We cannot afford four more years of wanton neglect, absentee governance, and insecurity”, the former Special Adviser on Special Projects to the Liyel Imoke administration said.
Speaking with Dr. Abdul Ahmed Isiaq, Deputy National Chairman of the SDP, Mr Ekpo thanked the SDP for giving the youth a viable platform for active participation, saying “The youth are the most important demographic not just as voters to win elections but also as partners in innovation and development across the country.”
About Eyo O. Ekpo
Eyo O. Ekpo is a project finance lawyer, public administrator, and one of Nigeria’s acclaimed experts in infrastructure. He was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1987 and obtained an LL.M. (Hons.) degree from the University of Lagos. He also holds a M.A. (War in the Modern World) degree from King’s College, London.
He practiced with GCM Onyiuke’s Chambers in Lagos for 7 years before founding his own firm of solicitors, Coram. In October 2001, Eyo was handpicked to lead the Power Sector Reform Team (PSRT) of the Bureau of Public Enterprises, later becoming Team Leader, Gas and Petrochemicals. In July 2003, he was sworn in as Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice. He would later be appointed as Special Adviser for Special Projects between July 2007 and May 2010. Eyo Ekpo is also the first Chairman of the Cross River State Carnival Commission, a position he held from 2006-2007.
Eyo was invited in April 2010 to serve as Team Leader, Regulatory and Transactions Monitoring, Presidential Task Force on Power and was later nominated by the President as a Commissioner in the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) from January 2011 until March 2015, during which time he was Commissioner, Market Competition and Rates.
Until recently, he was the Executive, Business Development at GE Transportation, responsible for GE’s rail business in Nigeria.
Eyo is married to Dr. Oluranti Ekpo, M.D, Ph.D., and they have three children.