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Defections: How political opportunism kills the party system in Nigeria

By Olu Fasan THE Ebonyi State governor, Dave Umahi, recently defected from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the All Progressives Congress, APC, amid speculations that more South-East PDP governors may also dump their party for the APC. President Muhammadu Buhari described Umahi as a “man of principle” for defecting to his party, saying he
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Still on political party defections

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.

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On the gale of defections

ANYTIME I get to read about how our politicians engage in carpet-crossing from one party to another, I feel greatly troubled and unhappy for two reasons. First, it shows the level of indiscipline in the polity. Secondly, it gives one the impression that our journey to the enthronement of good governance and sustainable development is becoming a mirage. Perhaps, more than ever before in the annals of the country, the last few weeks have witnessed a litany of defections from one party to another that makes it difficult for one to sit down and adduce any sound justification for such actions.

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Are defections by politicians about Nigerians?(1)

They are fighting for their pockets and only God will deliver us from their hands.  It is obvious that they want to satisfy themselves. It is not in the interest of Nigerians. From what we are seeing, it is obvious that the politicians are in business. I even learned that a former governor, who is a senator has concluded plans to defect. They are shameless people.

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Of defections and the 2019 electoral maths

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has been gripped by a fever of cross-carpeting. Publicly, the party is saying it will not lose sleep. The most dramatic statement yet was by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, that providence is removing stones from the party’s rice, the same rice they have been eating for three years now. 

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