The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has lost a Senator to the All Progressives Congress (APC) as Nelson Effiong, the senator representing Akwa Ibom South Senatorial District, has defected to the APC.
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.
“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 Effiong was set to dump the PDP some days ago, but was prevented from doing so by the leadership of the Senate.
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 Effiong’s defection.
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 Senate akso announced the defection of Effiong, through its official twitter handle @NGRSenate.
“Breaking: Senator Nelson Effiong (Akwa-Ibom South) defects from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressive Congress (APC),” the senate tweeted, Thursday morning.
The APC now has 64 Senators in the 109-member legislative chamber.