A Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stakeholder in Eket Senatorial District who took part in key decisions during the planning for 2015 general elections in Eket Senatorial District, Chief Ndueso Essien has revealed that the Senator representing Eket Senatorial district who recently defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Nelson Effiong was imposed on the people and the PDP.
Chief Essien made this known in an interview recently.
Although he did not say who did the imposition, Chief Essien said, initially when Chief Effiong’s name was mentioned as a likely candidate for the Senate, he and several other people rejected it.
According to Chief Essien who was a two term Member of the House of Representatives and former Minister of lands, Housing and Urban Development, he particularly rejected the candidature of Chief Effiong because he was one of the persons that worked against the zoning of the governorship position to Eket Senatorial District in 2015.
“Chief Nelson Effiong said then that Eket Senatorial District had no one that was qualified to be Governor.
So when his name was mentioned to represent us as Senator I was wondering why he should enjoy such benefit. But those who favoured his candidature said because he had been a member of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly and a former Speaker, he was qualified to represent us at the Senate. You know Akwa Ibom is totally PDP, so when the voters voted, it was one way for the PDP and he won the election.
Chief Essien who revealed that of the five Senators that have represented Eket Senatorial District since 1999, Nelson Effiong was the worst in terms of performance because he has not done the least thing of hosting a meeting to brief the people of his representation.
Wondering why Senator Effiong castigated the governor for not allowing him produce party officials Chief Essien said “When did election of ward or chapter exco members of the party become the responsibility of a Senator. For long, we had prayed and hoped for a leader who will allow transparency in the system and that is what Gov. Udom is doing but people like Chief Nelson Effiong wanted to extend impunity and we all say no to that”
Chief Essien who said recalling chief Effiong from the Senate may not be possible added that the people of the Senatorial District have put together a team of lawyers to reclaim the mandate and give to someone that will properly represent the district at the Senate for the remaining period.
Chief Essien denied the allegation by Chief Nelson that Gov. Udom had signed an agreement to serve for only one term, so that an Oron man will serve during the second term “I was prominent enough in the decision making during the 2015 election process and there was no time an agreement was signed anywhere for Governor Udom to serve for one term” he said.