Former governor of Akwa Ibom state, Obong Godswill Akpabio, may have launched a frontal war against Senator Nelson Effiong for depleting the numerical strength of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Thursday, as he defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) during plenary in Abuja without consulting with him before effecting the decision.
Being the leader of the PDP Senate Caucus, Senator Godswill Akpabio, felt insulted. Two, he was practically responsible for distributing the various political offices including that of the governor to the beneficiaries from the state. In a swift reaction, he has threatened that the Akwa Ibom chapter of the opposition party would immediately head for court to retrieve the mandate of the party from Effiong.
While notifying the Senate of his decision to dump the party that brought him to power, Effiong, who represents Akwa Ibom South Senatorial District, hinged his action on the division in the party.
He said that no serious politician would remain in PDP in the face of the perceive disintegration in the party, saying that he had preferred to pitch his tent with a party that would take the country to “Eldorado”.
Deputy Senate minority leader, Senator Emmanuel Bwacha (PDP, Taraba South), however, said that the language used by the defecting Senator was an insult to the members of the party, cautioning him to take cognisance of the implication of his action to his political career.