Lessons From Imo State House of Assembly
ElevateNews takes a look at the lessons Nigerians should learn from the change of leadership in the Imo State House of Assembly as lawmakers hurriedly defect to the ruling party, APC.
Barely a week that the Supreme Court sacked Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party and declared the All Progressives Congress, Hope Uzodinma as the Imo State governor, no fewer than nine members of the State House of Assembly have defected to APC.
Prior to their defection, thousands of the PDP supporters had stormed the streets of Owerri, the State capital to protest against the Supreme Court decision that sacked their man. The PDP leaders were also in Abuja to register their displeasure with the Supreme Court verdict.
Glaringly as seen in the pictures that followed the protest was the former Governor of Anambra State and the party vice presidential candidate in the 2019 election, Peter Obi beaming his teeth. The protest is what they must do to show their opposition but after that, a new realignment begins.
The nine lawmakers, like typical Nigerian politicians are scampering for safety now and the new place of abode is APC. No one should be surprised that in a few weeks to come, there will be more defections.
The defection did not just come, it was bought so as to boost the confidence of the incumbent governor, Uzodinma. Before now, APC has zero members in Imo House of Assembly, which made it dangerous for Uzodinma to sleep with his two eyes closed.
Initially, the PDP won 13 seats, APGA 6 seats and AA won eight seats with one result withheld after the March 2019 House of Assembly election. On January 22, 2020, six lawmakers defected to PDP to raise the number to 19.
However, following the sack of Ihedioha, nine of lawmakers had decamped to APC that was having zero members until last Monday. The lawmakers, according to the investigation did not just decamp, they had allegedly pocketed some money with a lot of “goodies” to come after.
Their movement to APC will also save the governor from any threat of impeachment because only two-third of the lawmakers could impeach him. There are more to decamp and it shows how mindless these politicians can be. All the political parties have no principle, a source said.
The politicians think about personal survival not about service to the electorate. They do not need to wait for their constituents to make decisions.
Of course, some of these lawmakers, our correspondent gathered were political sons of the APC governor, Uzodinma while he was in PDP.
They did not just decamp because they love Uzodinma, they did based on a strong agreement of “rub my palm, I rub your back.”