Sen Effiong Defected For Selfish Interests, Says Gov Emmanuel’s Aide
More people from Eket Senatorial District have continued to condemn the recent defection of embattled Senator Nelson Effiong to the All Progressives Congress, the latest being a media professional, Mr Essien Ndueso.
Ndueso, while reacting to the radio interview recently granted by the national lawmaker enthused, “Senator Effiong has made it clear that the reason for his defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC) is not the division in the leadership of the PDP, but his insatiable appetite for political and economic power.”
Ndueso, a Special Assistant to the Governor on Media, lamented the created scenario where a Senator in the National Assembly complained of lack of contract from the state government, asserting that at his level, “Effiong ought to have brought projects from the Federal Government and recommend his people to execute them.”
Ndueso said most of the reasons put forward by the senator in a recent interview bothered on his selfish and personal interests but assured that the people of the senatorial district are more united in support of PDP now, more than ever.
He listed the selfish intentions as enumerated by the senator himself to include, his desire to contest the 2019 governorship elections, his quest to handpick party executive officers from his zone, the refusal of the governor to accept his nominees into the state executive council.
He said it was unfortunate that the former Speaker who has been a beneficiary of democratic structures could turn around to query the same process by seeking to nominate members into elective offices of the party.
“It is enough for him to have ventured to request for slots, but it is worrisome to come out and announce it after the governor may have advised against such undemocratic demands.”
“So many people know Governor Emmanuel as a man of his own who came into government well prepared to uphold and defend the mandate of leadership of his people, and anyone who thinks he will sit in his comfort zone and remotely control the affairs of the state, will certainly be disappointed.”
The Governor’s aide cited the instance when the governor had advised stakeholders and elders not to recommend potential permanent secretaries to him, or risk the disqualification of the nominees.
He recounted that the governor personally interviewed the potential appointees and selected only those he found qualified to such leadership roles.
He added that the governor believes in capacity and was poised to surround himself with the best hands to share in his vision of industrializing the state and creating wealth and job opportunities for the people.
Mr Ndueso also maintained that the allegation of division in the party leadership as asserted by Effiong was a smokescreen that has nothing to do with the senator’s principles and beliefs.
“In between 2005 and 2007, there was serious leadership crises in the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, and two chairmen Arc. Otu Ita Toyo and late Chief Tony Emenyi emerged from different camps to hold sway. If Nelson Effiong had such principles, he ought to have resigned from his position as Speaker of the then House of Assembly and defect to another party, but he did no such thing. How then can he come to be talking of PDP leadership crises as if he is a monk who has just been dropped from Jupiter?”
The media expert however expressed optimism that the lawmaker will be made to surrender the mandate through a judicial process as earlier announced by stakeholders and party elders from his senatorial district.
He commended the recent endorsements of Governor Emmanuel for second term by the PDP chieftains in the three senatorial districts of the State and assured that the governor will not be distracted by the political summersault of the senator.