UPDATE: Another PDP Senator defects to APC

Nelson Effiong, the senator representing Akwa Ibom South Senatorial District, has defected to the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Mr. Effiong was elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

He announced his defection during Thursday’s Senate plenary. The senator cited divisions within the PDP as his reason for leaving the party.

“No reasonable politician who is worth his salt would remain and allow his people to be drifting about without a direction,” said Mr. Effiong. “So I have decided today, the 19th day of January, 2017 to resign from the PDP and move to the party that is bringing peace and direction to this country, the APC. So I move.”

There had been rumours that Mr. Effiong was set to dump the PDP some days ago, but was prevented from doing so by the leadership of the Senate.

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 Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio, who is also from Akwa Ibom State, spoke against Mr. Effiong’s defection.

Mr. Akpabio denied there was division in the PDP, and said the Akwa Ibom South seat would be taken by from Mr. Effiong through the court.

The leadership of the PDP is being claimed by two factions led Ali Sheriff and Ahmed Makarfi.

Mr. Akpabio and many other PDP Senators and governors are loyal to the Makarfi faction.

Joshua Dariye, Plateau, and Yele Omogunwa, Ondo, had earlier defected from the PDP to the APC, also citing division in the opposition party.

Many believe Mr. Dariye, a fugitive who fled the United Kingdom where he was being tried for money laundering in 2004, joined the ruling party in an attempt to avoid conviction in his ongoing trial over allegation of stealing N1.16 billion ecological funds belonging to Plateau State.

The APC now has 64 Senators in the 109-member legislative chamber.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has said he would not leave the PDP.

His reaction followed calls made by some APC Senators, notably Kabiru Marafa, for Mr. Ekweremadu to defect to the ruling party to avoid removal.


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  • Ohnigeria Godsavenigeria

    It is good for the politicians but bad for democracy. Buhari desired a one party state Nigeria and Nigerian politicians are giving it to him. At the end both the good and the bad shall fill the same pot and continue their games of looting Nigerian nation.
    Oh God, who shall save our dear nation from fair weather politicians whose goal is one, just looting whether Apc or pdp.

  • Rommel

    Former president Jonathan will also very soon decamp to the APC

    • john


  • El Patron

    Ekweremadu WILL decamp. Its just a matter of time

  • marc umeh

    The mad rush for gold continues. I see no philosophical difference between APC and PDP. Remove Buhari and we are down to the same unprincipled , love- yourself politicians who are now waiting to revert back to free for all looting.
    Infact , I suggest all PDP members should defect to APC. Then the struggle for power and contract will be on equal footing. WE ARE ALL THIEVES.

  • Say the truth

    Why not after all the speaker of Akwa ibom assembly had thrown his weight behind Buhari. The scenario is just unfolding, others will follow and finally the godfather himself will follow suit. Don’t ask me who the present godfather of Akwa ibom politics is.

    • thusspokez

      There is no godfather of Akwa ibom politics, but exist only in the imagination of gullible people like you.

  • isaac

    There will be no APC in 2019. All these political prostitutes running away from corruption charges will run back to whichever is the ruling party then. The likes of Dariye are now buying time under APC to escape corruption charges. Time will tell.

  • ubong

    Corruption is not only about financial looting. Stealing the mandate of party supporterst illegally as witnessed among our corrupt, slefih and self centered NASS members is the same like looting the nation wealth. Voters from the zone should go to court to demand their basic constitutional voting and rights to bots for party of their choices based on campaign manifestos and strong conviction. At moment PDP is one so if this criminal feel he is the masses candidate, he should resign and test his acceptability by recon testing instead of corruptly Stealing treatment poor masses voters for his financial gains. Enought of these criminals treating Nigerians voters with disdain in name of alphabet APC or PDP or oooooo. The constitution must be respected and our corrupt judiciary mist say no to this abuse of our constitution by some criminals and thieves

  • Suleiman

    There should be a law in place that if you defect, you lose your seat. Politicians mus stop duping their people, using them to get elected and defecting without their will. If sch a law were to be in place I believe th rate of defection will be.nzero. Nigeria politicians are shameless morons who only think about themselves and the people they purports to represent. It is shameful that this man would use a flimsy excuse to defect. The people of his constituency should recall him!