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Cross-carpeting is ruining democracy – Chukwumeriji

By Inalegwu Shaibu

Abuja -  SENATOR Uche Chukwumerije (PPA) Abia North yesterday lamented that Nigeria’s democracy is slowing being destroyed by the high rate of cross-carpeting amongst political office holders.

Chukwumerije while briefing newsmen in Abuja, yesterday, lamented that Nigeria was fast becoming a one-party state with the attributes of an autocratic and dictatorship government due to the high rate of decamping to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

He said the defections to the PDP had not only reduced the level of oppositions, but endangered the growth of democracy and the development of political parties in Nigeria.

As such, he called for laws to be put in place to checkmate cross carpeting and regulate political behaviours of politicians.

He said: “If cross carpeting is emanating from opportunistic and mercenary interest, unfortunately this is what is happening in Nigeria, it poses a danger to the virile growth of Nigeria political development and democracy.

“Those people decamping to PDP unfortunately signal the move of Nigeria to one party state and that in my view is not good for creative growth of the country. It may be good for cemetery like stability, graveyard stability, but definitely not good for internal growth of the nation. It gives rise to orthodoxy, a huge hegemony trying to crush you, you will have an agenda but you cannot pursue you because all around you see the orthodoxy, you are not given to two sides to operate.

“Cross carpeting has the frightening record of destabilising potentials and it has happened over and over again. To that extent, a law is necessary. But the law has to be carefully done in such a way that it does not imprison conscience. It such make caveat that for such conditions, cross carpeting may take place.

There are so many things that seem to negate political behaviour. The only thing that will help us is the force of a law, a mandatory framework with which we can regulate our political behaviour,” he said.


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