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EKPENYONG CHRISTOPHER STEPHEN

Background

He transitionally attended St. Patrick's Primary School, Ikot Ukana and graduated at St. Michael's Primary School, Rumuomasi, Port Harcourt where he got his First School Leaving Certificate (FSLC). In 1970 he attended Government Technical College, Port Harcourt and in 1975 he attended Federal Government Technical College, Yaba. In 1977, he attended Federal Polytechnic, Bida and obtained a Ordinary National Diploma in Electrical /Electronic Engineering. In 1980 attended The Polytechnic Calabar for a higher diploma and graduated with a Higher National Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering in 1982.

In 1993 he attended Kensington University, Honolulu, Hawaii, United States and obtained a degree in Master of Business Administration (Marketing) in 1995. He obtained his Doctor of Philosophy from the same institution.

Chris Ekpenyong was the deputy governor in Governor Victor Attah's tenure from 1999 until 2005.

In 2005, he was impeached as the deputy governor of Akwa Ibom state but was hurriedly returned to that position in less than seven days. The members of the state house of assembly reversed the impeachment after the intervention of then-President Olusegun Obasanjo, although Ekpenyong was forced to resign afterwards.

In 2019, he was elected as senator representing Akwa Ibom North Senatorial District under the platform of Peoples Democratic Party beating his closest rival the incumbent, Godswill Akpabio of the All Progressive Congress. He received 118,215 votes as against 83,158 for Godswill Akpabio. He was declared the winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Electoral Officer Peter Ogban.

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