Nelson Effiong: The Many Lies Of A Visionless Senator
How many people listened to that interview by Nelson Effiong? He has passed as a liar. At least his people from Oro nation have come out to label him a big time liar out there to achieve selfish interests and nothing more. It is not a common sight, for people to come out and publicly disown their own son who occupies an exalted position as their highest political office holder. Yet this man has been openly accused of being a blatant liar, a conman, a traitor and an egocentric being.
LIE NUMBER ONE: GOVERNOR UDOM EMMANUEL SUPPORTS ALI MODU SHERIFF INSTEAD OF AHMED MARKAFI AS CHAIRMAN OF PDP
This is a big lie. Nelson knows that the sudden arrival of the former chairman of PDP during the state’s anniversary was a surprise to everyone. Throughout the ceremonies, at no time was Sheriff addressed as the national chairman of the party. Even the Governor addressed him as a friend of the State, a former governor, a former senator, a former party chairman and a lover of peace.
Effiong sees and knows that Governor Emmanuel has been attending meetings of the PDP at the instance of Ahmed Markaffi as Caretaker Chairman. He has never seen Governor Emmanuel in a meeting convened by the faction of Ali Modu Sheriff, yet blatantly lies that Udom Emmanuel supports Sheriff.
Few days ago, the Secretary of the caretaker committee of the PDP (Markaffi’s Secretary) came visiting on behalf of the party national working committee, Effiong is not blind to all of these.
LIE NUMBER TWO: GOVERNOR UDOM HAD AN AGREEMENT WITH ORO NATION TO HOLD OFFICE FOR ONLY ONE TERM IN THE PRESENCE OF FORMER GOVERNOR GODSWILL AKPABIO
Several prominent Oro leaders and stakeholders have said in several fora have asserted that no such agreement was reached at any meeting. And they have gone ahead to endorse Governor Emmanuel for a second term. Former Governor Godswill Akpabio has repeatedly canvassed support for Governor Emmanuel to complete two terms in office. Was Nelson Effiong the only Oro son in the said meeting or he is just trying to fly a baseless ethnic card to cause confusion in the state? This is one lie too many in view of the interview he (Effiong) granted six months ago in Milestone Magazine that Governor Emmanuel has shown capacity as governor and should be supported for two terms in office.
LIE NUMBER THREE: GOVERNOR EMMANUEL DOES NOT MEET NATIONAL ASSEMBLY CAUCUS MEMBERS TO DISCUSS ABOUT THE STATE
Big lie, there is a regular interface between the governor and the State national assembly members and other stakeholders of the state under different aegis. Just last December, Senator Effiong was among the other enlarged caucus members of the PDP who met with Governor Emmanuel at Government House, for someone who nursed an ambition to defect, and who was aggrieved, there wouldn’t have been a better platform to voice out his pains. He had the microphone and had the floor. Yet he heaped praises on Governor Emmanuel and the PDP leadership in the state, only to somersault few days later with bare face lies.
LIE NUMBER FOUR: SENATOR EFFIONG TOOK HIS DECISION AFTER CONSULTING AND GETTING THE NOD OF HIS CONSTITUENTS
Nelson has not held one meeting with any section of his constituency since being sworn into office in June 2015. All the stakeholders and elders in Akwa Ibom South (Eket) Senatorial Districts have not only condemned the defection, they have also queried the unilateral decision by Chief Effiong. So it is common knowledge that although he is supposed to call for meetings in his senatorial district he avoided such responsibilities.
According to one of the elders who spoke to the press recently, “It almost got to a point we the stakeholders would have convened a meeting and invited him. Maybe he had a premonition of that coming. We were to call a meeting, sponsor it, invite him and announce it in the media and see whether he wouldn’t come, but now he has run away.”
If Nelson insists that he had consulted his constituency, he should open up and explain that his constituency which probably is Abuja or the APC is different from Eket Senatorial district or the Oro people that have all distanced themselves from his in actions.