Piqued by recent media reports that listed him as one of the members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) delegation that visited former President Olusegun Obasanjo in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital weekend, Senator Bob Effiong (PDP, Akwa Ibom) has said he could not have been part of the entourage as he was in Abuja at the time besides, he maintained that he is still a strong member of the ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP.
In a statement issued in Abuja yesterday by his special assistant on media, Ernest Udokang, Effiong said the report was misleading.
The statement read in part: “The attention of Senator Effiong Bob, the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council of the University of Benin, has been drawn to publications in certain newspapers and online social media that he was in the All Progressives Congress (APC) delegation that visited former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Saturday December 21, 2013
“Nothing could be farther from the truth. Senator Bob, a staunch member of the Peoples Democratic Party, has never declared for nor indicated any intention to be a member of APC or any other political party.
“It therefore amounts to gross mischief for anybody to imagine that he was in the delegation that went to lobby the former President to join the party when he is not even a member of the party.
“Senator Bob, who joined the PDP from inception, was recently elected Chairman of the PDP Caucus of the Senators Forum.
“On the day in question, Senator Bob was not even within the vicinity of the venue of the meeting with Obasanjo. He was in Abuja with his family and friends.
“It is still unexplainable how and where the information that he was a part of the APC delegation emanated”, the statement concluded.