Seasons and Fever of Defections
Nigeria News takes a look at the various defections by politicians towards the 2019 election.
Many of the Nigerian politicians are yet to make up their minds on which party to realise their ambition as the country warms up for the 2019 general election.
Those who are bold and ready to face the consequence have decided and are eagerly waiting for the invitation or raid from anti-graft agencies and police.
It is very clear now that some members of the opposition parties, including those who recently defected from the All Progressives Congress to other parties, will have some questions to answer. It took the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki a week after 16 senators had defected for him to announce his leave of the APC.
And since he left, the plan to remove him as the Senate president has been gathering momentum. President Muhammadu Buhari was in a closed-door meeting with APC senate caucus led by the Senate leader, Ahmad Lawan to perfect strategy of how to oust Saraki from the country number three position.
As a matter of fact, the National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole who was at the meeting spat fires, saying that Saraki must resign his position, now that he is a member of the minority party.
While APC is working out a penalty for defecting senators, the party is also romancing the Minority leader, Godswill Akpabio of the Peoples Democratic Party.
The political arithmetic is becoming more interesting now as the beam of defection may not be limited to only the APC. There are some PDP strong members who believe that crossing to APC may be a good decision to realise their personal ambition.
Akpabio was in a closed-door meeting with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo who had been negotiating with him to cross carpet to APC. Another thing is that being a minority leader, he can influence the removal of Saraki if the APC can provide him with a juicy carrot. Akpabio finally defected to APC on Saturday and would make it official during the week.
The September 26 that the Senate will reconvene will be tough. The political parties would have perfected their strategies to change his leadership.
Recalled that over 30 APC members of the House of Representatives had defected to PDP. The Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara is yet to decide where he is heading to. He has shown leadership, no doubt but his future lies critically on the platform he will choose except he has no ambition to contest again.
Dogara’s predecessor, Aminu Tambuwal, who is presently the Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal has thrown his weight behind Saraki and threatening to battle APC for plotting to remove Saraki illegally.
He said at the special National Executive Council of the PDP that the opposition would resist any attempt by APC senators to remove Saraki.
To him, removing Saraki will not help democracy. He noted, “the ruling APC is framing members of the opposition up to persecute them. This cannot help our democracy.”
Speaking in the same vein, a constitutional lawyer, Mike Ozhakome stated that Saraki had not done anything constitutional wrong that could warrant his removal.