Political Party Defections In Nigeria

In the last one month, Nigerians have witnessed the movement or abandonment by politicians of one political party for another. The reasons they give have ranged from impunity, inadequate reward, harassment and undemocratic impositions by their former political parties who now perceive them as political enemies. Examples of such harassment were the closure of the National Assembly (NASS) complex in Abuja last Tuesday, 7th August, 2018 and the barricading of the residential houses of the Senate President and his deputy penultimate week, all by the Nigerian Police. Due to this, many members of the NASS defected from the APC to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) including the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki. But the Federal Government has responded to say that it did not authorize the police to take such actions, hence the government sacked the director of Department of State Security (DSS). My concern here is that it appears many Nigerians are surprised and not happy with such happenings and so they criticize the police, the APC and the Federal Government of Nigeria. Why? The actions of the police and the government are undemocratic, they argue.

While I agree that these actions are undemocratic, defections in Nigerian Politics is never new. It happened in the First Republic, Second Republic and this Third Republic (some wrongly call it the Fourth Republic; how can it be the Fourth Republic when there was no civilian president and the government was firmly under the military government of General Ibrahim Babangida?).

Further interrogation on why these defections, some people explain that it is part of the normal process of reaching matured democracy in Nigeria. I do not agree with this school of thought. Normality in this case of changing from one political party to another should bear purposeful change that is significant and leading to the ultimate change. I think the defections in Nigerian politics are merely for selfish interests, not common good. Otherwise how do we explain the fact that these same people were in the ruling PDP before the 2015 elections and merely decamped to APC seeing that APC will enable them win elections. As long as such defection is for self, it has no usefulness to Nigeria on the long run. So the change does not alter anything meaningfully. It is a change without change. When change is merely for the sake of it, its content is hallow and tends to be the same especially in character even though it could be different in colours and times. It is this character of appearing differently (in time and colour) that tends to confuse people to think that such change is an evolution. True evolution change or defection comes with different content, message and structure that MUST address the fundamental defects of the old order. That is surely not what is happening or has happened in political part defections in Nigeria.

Another reason for the defections in Nigerian Politics is to sustain the elites fight or struggle for the resources of the state. One of the key characteristics of elitism is to have control of the political and economic powers of the state. This fight does not recognize the interest of others in the society, it is only the interest of the elites that is important, that is why they do not see the shame in defecting from a party they joined less than five years ago, they do not care for whatever people may feel about defection after all they control the people with the funds they steal from the treasury. Thus elites fight in Nigeria is never social or for society’s interest, and therefore should be totally ignored. If it were social, those involved, whether common or uncommon defector should have gone to the court to challenge the unfair or undemocratic behavior by their former political party.

In good politics, defections must be as a result of change in ideological principle of the politician. A Political Ideology is the perceived and believed route towards achieving a good society. For example, Liberalism and Socialism are the two most ancient and principal ideologies that had influenced Politics and Political Party formations. Liberalism strongly believes that the market forces should determine who gets what, how and when in society. Therefore Capitalism is the instrument to achieve the good society; thus, government or the state does not partake in the production and distribution of goods and services. This is why you hear people say government has no business in business. But Socialism believes that the government or state has a role to play in the production and distribution of goods and services in the society. Its instrument is the bureaucracy or the workforce of the state. So in Politics, it is left to the individual to chose the ideology that tallies with his or her vision of a good state and this is what informs joining or voting for a particular political party. Defection therefore can occur when the political party begins to deviate from its ideological stand or principle. In these cases of Nigerian political party defections, it has nothing to do with part deviations from ideological principle. This is proven by the reasons for defection as indicated above. Those reasons are thoroughly selfish, not ideological.

The primary effort of the Nigerian politician is political power for economic power. With this power he or she is able to cause trouble in his or her locality, recruit cult boys and girls, buys guns and ammunitions for them, pay them monthly, ensure that in that locality they are the only ones with meaningful life to live. They ensure that after paying workers salaries as government, all the other funds should go for capital projects where they can easily make money by cheating the people through over inflation of contract prices, poor jobs, abandonment of jobs or non performance at all and the money shared among themselves. The Nigerian politician is a total illiterate, stranger and abuser of what is Politics. It is not about age, so whether it is “too-young-to run” or “too-old-to-run” the result is likely going to be the same. It is also not about tribe or gender.

Therefore the solution to Nigeria’s political leadership shame and mess is to first of all totally ignore the current crop of political leadership, raise a new set of political leaders who know what politics is and how to go about it for the common good of the society. Such leaders must have integrity, intellectualism, patriotism and the fear of God with which they can insist that the right things must be done.

Okachikwu Dibia writes from Abuja

en

SOURCE :The Nigerian Voice (opinions)

57 thoughts on “Political Party Defections In Nigeria

  • 24th August 2020 at 11:35 am
    Permalink

    What’s up to every body, it’s my first go to see of
    this website; this webpage consists of remarkable and in fact excellent data for visitors.

    Reply
  • 28th August 2020 at 6:11 am
    Permalink

    Hey there would you mind letting me know which hosting company you’re
    working with? I’ve loaded your blog in 3 completely different internet browsers
    and I must say this blog loads a lot faster then most.
    Can you recommend a good web hosting provider at a honest price?
    Thanks a lot, I appreciate it!

    Reply
  • 31st August 2020 at 7:59 pm
    Permalink

    I got this web site from my buddy who shared with me about this site and now this time I am browsing this site and reading very informative posts at this time.

    Reply
  • 6th October 2020 at 11:55 am
    Permalink

    Download Led Edit SWF Animation Adobe Flash Format Download led Edit 2020 Now Free Led Animations

    Reply
  • 6th October 2020 at 3:05 pm
    Permalink

    Hmm it seems like your blog ate my first comment (it was extremely long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I wrote and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog. I too am an aspiring blog blogger but I’m still new to the whole thing. Do you have any tips and hints for newbie blog writers? I’d certainly appreciate it.

    Reply
  • Pingback: Google

  • 13th February 2021 at 4:13 am
    Permalink

    What’s up, its good post regarding media print, we all be aware of media is a wonderful source of data.|

    Reply
  • 13th February 2021 at 11:41 am
    Permalink

    I every time used to read paragraph in news papers but now as I am a user of net therefore from now I am using net for content, thanks to web.|

    Reply
  • 13th February 2021 at 11:44 am
    Permalink

    Hmm is anyone else encountering problems with the pictures on this blog loading? I’m trying to find out if its a problem on my end or if it’s the blog. Any feed-back would be greatly appreciated.|

    Reply
  • 13th February 2021 at 4:51 pm
    Permalink

    Excellent way of describing, and pleasant article to take facts regarding my presentation subject, which i am going to present in college.|

    Reply
  • 14th February 2021 at 3:16 am
    Permalink

    Great web site you have got here.. It’s hard to find good quality writing like yours these days. I seriously appreciate people like you! Take care!!|

    Reply
  • 14th February 2021 at 8:16 am
    Permalink

    I take pleasure in, result in I discovered just what I was taking a look for. You have ended my 4 day lengthy hunt! God Bless you man. Have a great day. Bye|

    Reply
  • 5th March 2021 at 8:28 am
    Permalink

    Every weekend i used to pay a quick visit this web site, for the reason that i want enjoyment, for the reason that this this web site conations truly fastidious funny information too.|

    Reply
  • 6th March 2021 at 2:12 am
    Permalink

    Hello! Someone in my Facebook group shared this website with us so I came to look it over. I’m definitely loving the information. I’m book-marking and will be tweeting this to my followers! Terrific blog and superb design and style.|

    Reply
  • 6th March 2021 at 4:24 am
    Permalink

    I’ll immediately grasp your rss as I can not to find your email subscription hyperlink or e-newsletter service. Do you’ve any? Please let me recognize in order that I could subscribe. Thanks.|

    Reply
  • 6th March 2021 at 6:43 am
    Permalink

    My brother suggested I might like this website. He used to be totally right. This publish actually made my day. You can not imagine simply how much time I had spent for this info! Thanks!|

    Reply
  • 6th March 2021 at 10:28 pm
    Permalink

    I was suggested this web site by my cousin. I’m not sure whether this post is written by him as nobody else know such detailed about my difficulty. You’re amazing! Thanks!|

    Reply
  • 6th March 2021 at 10:32 pm
    Permalink

    This blog was… how do you say it? Relevant!! Finally I’ve found something that helped me. Kudos!|

    Reply
  • 7th March 2021 at 8:45 pm
    Permalink

    Its like you read my mind! You appear to know a lot about this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you could do with a few pics to drive the message home a little bit, but other than that, this is magnificent blog. A great read. I’ll certainly be back.|

    Reply
  • 8th March 2021 at 11:54 am
    Permalink

    Greetings! I know this is kinda off topic but I was wondering if you knew where I could locate a captcha plugin for my comment form? I’m using the same blog platform as yours and I’m having problems finding one? Thanks a lot!|

    Reply
  • 14th April 2021 at 9:31 pm
    Permalink

    you’re in point of fact a good webmaster. The web site
    loading velocity is incredible. It sort of feels
    that you’re doing any distinctive trick. Also, The
    contents are masterpiece. you have done a fantastic process on this matter!

    Reply
  • 16th April 2021 at 11:05 am
    Permalink

    Thank you for the auspicious writeup. It if truth
    be told was a leisure account it. Look complicated to far introduced
    agreeable from you! However, how could we communicate?

    Reply
  • 17th April 2021 at 1:56 am
    Permalink

    What’s up to every one, it’s actually a pleasant for me
    to visit this web page, it includes helpful Information.

    Reply
  • 18th April 2021 at 2:27 pm
    Permalink

    Hello there I am so delighted I found your blog page, I
    really found you by accident, while I was browsing on Google for something
    else, Regardless I am here now and would just like
    to say many thanks for a remarkable post and a all round enjoyable blog
    (I also love the theme/design), I don’t have time to look over it all at
    the moment but I have bookmarked it and also included your
    RSS feeds, so when I have time I will be back to read more, Please do keep up
    the great job.

    Reply
  • 6th May 2021 at 12:34 pm
    Permalink

    It’s an amazing piece of writing designed for all the internet viewers;
    they will take benefit from it I am sure.

    Reply
  • 7th May 2021 at 3:51 pm
    Permalink

    Pretty part of content. I simply stumbled upon your web site and in accession capital
    to say that I get actually loved account your blog posts.
    Any way I’ll be subscribing for your feeds and even I achievement you get entry to persistently quickly.

    Reply
  • 9th May 2021 at 10:04 pm
    Permalink

    Hey There. I discovered your weblog the use of msn. This is a very well written article.
    I’ll make sure to bookmark it and come back to learn extra of your
    useful info. Thanks for the post. I’ll definitely
    comeback.

    Reply
  • 10th May 2021 at 1:15 pm
    Permalink

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is essentially a online game where you can do anything you want. sl is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you want to see more you can see these Second Life websites and blogs

    Reply
  • 11th May 2021 at 6:35 pm
    Permalink

    This reality may seem to make 5-card stud more simple than different poker sorts, however really
    all it means is that you want to focus on drawing to 3 of
    a kind, pairs, excessive playing cards or any combination thereof.

    Upon completion, another deal of face-up cards goes
    spherical the table. There are video games played with a
    rule that the participant having the lowest face-up card begins the ante (in a tie, the participant with the most important ante proceeds) and the primary round of betting ensues.
    Two more rounds of face-up cards is dealt in the same approach.
    With this in mind, attention should be paid, and shut attention at that, to which cards different gamers are holding and go for the
    pot solely if you fail to obtain an ace or higher in your first three draws.
    At the end of game, the one with the highest scoring hand wins the
    pot. Stud games embrace many varieties reminiscent of unfold limit, fixed limit, no
    restrict, pot limit and mixtures of all of the above.

    Here is my blog trap mix

    Reply
  • 12th May 2021 at 3:39 am
    Permalink

    I got this web site from my pal who informed me regarding this web
    page and now this time I am browsing this web
    site and reading very informative posts here.

    Reply
  • 12th May 2021 at 5:31 am
    Permalink

    I am really enjoying the theme/design of your web site. Do you ever run into any web browser compatibility problems?

    A couple of my blog audience have complained about my blog not working correctly in Explorer but looks great
    in Chrome. Do you have any recommendations to help fix this problem?

    Reply
  • 13th May 2021 at 10:27 am
    Permalink

    Usually I do not learn article on blogs, but I wish to say
    that this write-up very pressured me to check out and do it!
    Your writing style has been surprised me. Thank you, quite great article.

    Reply
  • 17th May 2021 at 12:23 am
    Permalink

    Terrific article! This is the type of info that should be shared around
    the web. Shame on Google for no longer positioning this put up higher!
    Come on over and visit my site . Thanks =)

    Reply
  • 18th May 2021 at 10:21 pm
    Permalink

    If you want to obtain a grewt del from this ppiece of writing then you havce to apply
    these techniques to your won webpage.
    site

    Reply
  • 25th May 2021 at 2:48 pm
    Permalink

    This is a topic that’s near to my heart… Cheers!
    Exactly where are your contact details though?

    Reply
  • 27th May 2021 at 4:07 am
    Permalink

    Havе you ever thought about including a little bit more than juѕt your articles?
    I mean, ԝhat you ѕay is fundamentаl ɑnd everything.
    But think off if you added sоme great pictures ߋr vіdeo clips to
    give your posts more, “pop”! Your content is excellent but with images and
    clips, this site could defіnitely be one of the most beneficial in its
    fieⅼd. Amazing bloɡ!

    Hеre is mү web page bokep gangbsang

    Reply
  • 27th May 2021 at 10:44 pm
    Permalink

    Hello, I enjoy reading all of your post. I wanted to write a little comment to
    support you.

    Reply
  • 10th June 2021 at 3:52 am
    Permalink

    Spot on with thiѕ write-up, I actually believe this web site
    needs much more attention. I’ll probably be returning to read moгe,
    thanks for the information!

    My wеb blog vidio bokeb

    Reply
  • 10th June 2021 at 10:32 pm
    Permalink

    Hi, Ⲛeat post. Tһere is a problem along ԝіth your
    website in internet explorer, may test this? ІE
    nonetheless is the market leader and a big рaгt of othеr folks will pass over youг magnificent writing ԁue to this problem.

    Also visit my webѕite :: Bokep Pake Agen

    Reply
  • 11th June 2021 at 12:27 am
    Permalink

    It is aρpropriate time to make some plans for thе long run and it is time to bе happy.
    Ӏ have leaгn this ѕubmit and if I may I wish to rеcommend you some fascinating things or tips.
    Perhaps you ϲould write subsequent aгticles referring to this
    article. I wish tto learn even more things about it!

    Here is my blog post Film Nya Mekmek Andini Bf

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.