PDP to sue Senator for defecting to APC

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has said it would go to court over the defection of a serving senator, Nelson Effiong, to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.

Mr. Effiong, who was elected senator for the Akwa Ibom South District on the ticket of the PDP, said Thursday on the floor of the senate that he was decamping APC because of “division” within his party.

But the PDP, through its chapter in Akwa Ibom state condemned Mr. Effiong’s defection as being “indicative of a drowning man”.

The party, in a statement issued in Uyo, Thursday evening, said it was making preparations to take the senator to court.

“The State Chairman of the Party, Obong Paul Ekpo, has directed the Legal Department of our Party to commence the process of recovering the mandate freely given to Nelson Effiong and manifestly mismanaged and corrupted by him,” said the statement, signed by the party’s spokesman, Ini Ememobong.

The PDP said it was not a “sinking” party as described by Mr. Effiong. It hit back at the senator, accusing him of poor performance in the senate.

“As a party, we gave Nelson Effiong the power to speak for his people, but his character showed up and now the whole world can judge him,” the statement said.

Mr. Effiong, a former speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, is from the same senatorial district as the governor of the state, Udom Emmanuel.

The PDP spokesman, Mr. Ememobong, said the senator’s defection was not in any way an indictment of Governor Emmanuel.

“Judas in the Bible was in charge of the treasury, but he betrayed Jesus. Was that an indictment on Jesus?” Mr. Ememobong told PREMIUM TIMES in an interview.

Mr. Ememobong called on its members and supporters in the state, especially those in the Akwa Ibom South Senatorial District, to remain calm and continue to support the party.

“We are certain that this season of political trial will soon pass away,” he said.


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  • Ade Omowest

    Which of the PDP are you talking about, Makarfi of Modu Sheriff?

    • Toby Oyenuga



      who is modu sheriff? were is he from ? i have never heard of such name before. but i know of markarfi and i respect his position as the national chairman of PDP.

      • dele20

        PDP is no more existing, why saying trash

      • Olatubosun

        Pdpig is no where to be found………
        You know that sherif is the leader of bokoharam….

      • Olatubosun

        Jonathan made alimodu sherif the leader of bokoharam

      • Olatubosun

        You are now denying him……
        Are you awared that bokoharam is no more existing..

        Buhari has cleared them…….

      • Ade Omowest

        You must be ignorant of your PDPig. Modu Sheriff was installed as Chairman by Wiked Woke, Area Gov. Fayose, Disgraced Iroko Mimiko and others.

    • dele20

      Modiot sherrifroud or makarfi, I wonder ooooo!

  • Rommel

    Judas comparison is flat wrong because it appears that Judas was born for that purpose,the devil is in the details,when Jesus Christ told his disciples that one of them would betray him,they didn’t immediately suspect Judas, this means that he had been a nice guy prior to that night because they started asking ”Lord is it I”

  • dele20

    We all know that PDP is dead, or which PDP are you talking about again?

    • Olatubosun

      Am wondering also

    • FuzzyLogic

      That PDP is dead does not mean that APC is alive. Watch APC implode from within.

      • dele20

        APC is really topping, rocking and working

        • FuzzyLogic

          APC is like kids that make the greatest noise shortly before they fall asleep.

  • Olatubosun

    Pdp is totally dead

  • Olatubosun

    These pdpig people have no brain o

  • Olatubosun

    Intending to sue person bcos he is no longer your party member

  • Olatubosun

    I am very sure… You will definitely blame yourself for that