- Senator Nelson Effiong has defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC)
- Effiong is a former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senator representing Akwa-Ibom South Senatorial District
- The senator is said to be at loggerheads with the Akwa Ibom state governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel
Senator Nelson Effiong of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Effiong representing Akwa-Ibom South Senatorial District, announced his defection in the Senate today, January 19.
His words: "I have decided that no reasonable politician who is worth his salt would remain and allow his people to be drifting about without a direction.
''So I have decided today, the 19th day of January, 2017 to resign from the PDP and move to the party that is bringing peace and direction to this country, the APC. So I move."
Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu made last minute efforts to stop Effiong's defection on Tuesday, January 17.
Effiong is said to be at loggerheads with the Akwa Ibom state governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel who is reportedly grooming his successor for 2019.
''The senator (Nelson Effiong) is leaving PDP because of the rift between him and the governor of his state. So, at the meeting, the caucus resolved to mediate between them,” an unnamed senator told Daily Trust.
His defection was discussed during the PDP caucus meeting held at the Senate hearing room 1 on Tuesday, January 17.
When contacted, Effiong’s media aide, Edem Okwong, said his boss was being frustrated by the governor.
“The governor is grooming somebody to take over my boss’ seat when he (my boss) is not eying his seat. Certainly by this, he is asking him to seek another platform,” he said.
Meanwhile, following APC senator, Kabiru Marafa’s call to Ekweremadu to decamp to APC, the PDP has now released a statement to address the issue.
PDP refers to APC’s attempt to woo Ekweremadu to its party as unconstitutional and undemocratic.