Sen. Nelson Effiong’s Political Suicide, A Relief To Eket Senatorial District
By Umoh-Obong Kingsley
The decision of Chief Nelson Effiong, Senator representing Akwa Ibom South at the National Assembly, exiting from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressive Congress (APC), has brought about great relief to the Eket Senatorial District of the state.
Since he was elected about 18 months ago, he has not been able to point out any tangible thing he has done for the people of Eket Senatorial District, and no one could hear from him neither did he visit his constituency nor pick his calls from his people.
History has it that Eket Senatorial District has always produced the best Senators; from the days of late Senator Victor Akan, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma, Senator Ufot Ekaette, and to Senator Esuene. There is no cause to regret Senator Nelson Effiong’s exit from PDP to APC.
Senator Effiong’s appointment was a waste of Eket Senatorial seat. Now that he has gone, there is now an opportunity to take back the mandate of Eket Constituency. His exit is not, in any way, a loss because he was not useful. He left for the fear of being called to give accounts of his stewardship after 18 months in office.
His exist from the PDP cannot even be described as defection but a ‘political suicide’. He has publicly demonstrated his collapse from the political scene. Defection demands that you must leave a particular party to another with your followers. To further deepen his woes, the party he defected to is not in existence in Eket Senatorial District.