Meet My Boss, His Excellency Rt. Hon. Peter Odey BY FRED ABUA


His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Peter Odey, a distinguished statesman, was born in Ogoja, Cross River State, in the early 70s. He served two terms as a member and leader of the Cross River State House of Assembly from 2015 to 2023 when he was elected Deputy Governor.

Prior to the commencement of his political career, Rt. Hon. Odey held a significant role as a Conflict Adviser at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), working in Kuwait, Sudan, and Nigeria. He also served as the Head of Risk Management and Security at the Foreign Office in the British High Commission, displaying his expertise in global affairs.

The astute yet unassuming politician holds two Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Calabar, one in Sociology and the other in Civil Law. He also holds two Masters’ degrees in Political Sociology from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, and International Relations with specialization in Peace and Conflict Resolution from the London Metropolitan University. He is currently at the concluding stages of a PhD in Peace Studies and Conflict Management.

With his multidisciplinary background in sociology, law, international relations, and conflict resolution, Rt. Hon. Peter Odey seems to be exceptionally prepared for his role and is clearly an outstanding choice for the position of Deputy Governor. His diverse educational pursuits have equipped him with a comprehensive understanding of the pertinent issues in governance and public policy, and the people of Cross River State can expect great things from his wealth of knowledge.

Another notable strength of Hon. Peter Odey lies in his extensive experience. Having served as a lawmaker for eight years and worked as a conflict adviser at a respected UN agency, he has gained invaluable knowledge and skills that position him as a competent leader.

His wealth of experience, exposure, and academic standing provide this polished, vibrant and loyal leader with the necessary tools to contribute to the progress and development of the state. Rt. Hon. Peter Odey will add value to the leadership of His Excellency, Senator Bassey Otu, who himself is also a sociologist and a lawmaker with 12 years in the National Assembly. Senator Bassey Otu’s years in banking and the petroleum industry will all come to play to bring to realization his People-First agenda for Cross River State.

It is both my honor and privilege to serve on this team for the good of our dear state.

Fred Abua, Esq
Press Secretary to the Deputy Governor,
Cross River State


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