The Paramount Ruler of Eket local government area of Akwa Ibom State, His Majesty Edet Charles Daniel Abia has set agenda for the reelection of the Senator representing Akwa Ibom South Senatorial District, Senator Nelson Effiong, saying he must leverage on his experience gathered over the years to bring indelible footprints in his second term representation of the district.
E. C. D Abia was speaking in his palace Monday when the Senator, together with his delegation, paid him a visit to inform him of his arrival at his domain and to solicit his support and votes, together with those of his people in the February 16 and March 2 elections.
Abia who said the Senator’s return to the Senate should see to the immediate move for the realignment of the coastal railways which will pass through Delta, Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Cross River states to make the oil rich region an economic nerve, stressed that it was important for any minority to be creative in thinking out development plans for her people.
He said, “We understand your reason for moving to the other party. Councious of the fact that we are a minority in Nigeria, we know what it takes to bring development to your area. This country would have developed much more if development was focused in the railway system. The country is so big that you can’t develop it with road transport alone.
“There is coatsal railway in the offing. Every place the railway passes through becomes a nerve centre for economic development. As we speak, that arrangement has eluded us. With you in the Senate, we can hope for the realignment of the coastal railway. That should be your first assignment at the Senate. This will make your representation an everlasting monument in the hearts of your people”.
Believing the senatorial district, having been the largest oil rich territory in the state, should boast of relevant indices of development to carter for the economic needs of its people, the monarch who expressed confidence that as a second term Senator, Nelson Effiong will attract useful democratic dividends in his next engagement, wished him well at the polls.
In his address earlier, Senator Nelson Effiong had informed the paramount ruler of the workings of the Senate, his activities, as well as intimated him of his desire to return for a second term, so as to attract more benefits to his people.
“I went to the Senate on the platform of the PDP. This senatorial district gives the largest revenue to the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Akwa Ibom State. I studied the political environment and I concluded that I have to link up my people with the resource pool of Nigeria.
“So I left the former party and joined the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress, APC. I have made myself known in the Senate as a Senator representing the largest oil producing senatorial district in the country. My reappearance at the Senate shall boost the fortunes of our people as a lot more shall be achieved in the next four years, he added.
Meanwhile, a former governorship candidate of the Accord Party and now a chieftain of the APC, Bishop Samuel Akpan had reminded Chief Abia that the senatorial district contributes the highest volume of resources to the national revenue which is why Nelson Effiong must take the district to Nigeria and stay there.
Similarly, Senator Nelson and his Team Destiny Campaign Organization had visited both Senator Eme Ufot Ekaette and the Clan Head of Nung Ndem at his Ikot Ndueman country home in ONNA local government area, where he received notes of commendations and prayers to come out victorious at the polls.
The team which also addressed a large crowd of partymen at campaigns both in ONNA and Eket local government areas, had in the entourage, the Campaign Director General, Dr Edet Atti; former governorship aspirant and former commissioner, Barr Effiong Abia; the spokesperson of the campaign, Barr Effiong Oquong, and a host of other personalities.