The Returns of Defectors; Nigeria Political Maneuver
Nigeria News takes a look at the endless intrigues in the defection scenario of Nigerian politicians
The latest is yet to come in the defection saga of political players in Nigeria. Cross carpeting is steadily becoming a culture among Nigerian politicians as only a few of those who joined politics in 1999 have remained in one political party.
They seek comfort zones and each time a party does not favour their personal ambition, they jumped to another bus. Party ideology and principles died with the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo and some of his peers and allies.
Then, the Action Group, the Unity Party of Nigeria were political parties built on philosophy and belief of those who formed them. Their thoughts were to build a nation by building human beings.
The manifestos were strictly implemented and members tailored to obey the rules and regulations of the party. To be relevant in UPN, I learnt you must be a lawyer. Most of the leaders were learned. Brilliant, sophisticated and disciplined.
Gone were the days and it is shameful that politics have been left in the hands of gangsters. Non-professional and drug barons whose primary agenda is to loot the public treasury.
Of course, there are a few politicians today who know their onions and have the utmost plan of fixing the damages by the unscrupulous politicians but they have been playing safe in the recent time.
Instead, they mingle and fly with the looters when the race for defection is called. Politics is no more about service but business.
What the country lacks now is not political parties but leaders to run these crook platforms. As a matter of fact, there are over 64 political parties in Nigeria but none has a leader that Nigeria can point to as the Messiah to turn things around.
It is on record, that most Nigerians voted for All Progressives Congress, APC in 2015 because of President Muhammadu Buhari and refused to vote for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP because of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
The two years preceding the 2015 election sank Nigeria into impunity and Nigerians thought it was because Jonathan was weak and no more in control of the government. The people wanted a change, which Buhari was speaking loud to them.
Of course, three years after the present administration, Nigerians are calling for a change again. The present administration of Buhari is seen to be too autocratic and anarchical. Members of the same party are facing serious persecution from the government they have joined hands together to form.
The ruling APC has failed to put its house in order, making aggrieved members to defect to other political parties. 15 senators of the APC defected to PDP; 32 federal lawmakers defected to PDP while 4 joined other parties in one day.
However, some of the defectors began to sing a new song, following their meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday. Senator Lanre Tejuoso, representing Ogun West, said, “President Buhari, your son has come back home.”
Senator, Adesoji Akanbi, representing Oyo South also made a U-turn. They are back home with APC, perhaps after they have been promised automatic tickets by the party.
It all boils down to a personal stake when defectors return home.