Between Politics of Defection And Opposition
There is no doubt that opposition politics may go into extinction soon in the country as politicians now enjoy defection to other parties in the absence of strong constitution or political ideologies to prevent them.
In the last two days, about six lawmakers have defected from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP to the All Progressives Congress, APC in the guise of seeking a better platform to serve their constituency.
A people Democratic Party (PDP) in the House of Representatives from Plateau State, Edward Pwajok, joined the All Progressives Congress (APC) shortly after five members of the PDP lawmakers in Ondo State House of Assembly moved to the ruling APC.
Before now, there were opposition parties and a very good example was the Unity Party of Nigeria, UPN that played the role in the second republic.
It helped the democracy with strong parliamentary debate based on party manifestoes and ideologies.
The third republic threw open a new door for the Alliance for Democracy, AD in the Southwest that played the opposition role against the ruling PDP then.
And not until 2003 that the PDP swept the whole of southwest except Lagos State, the southwestern part of the country has played the opposition role and it has helped tremendously the level of infrastructural developments across the country.
Prior to the 2015 general election, there was exodus of defections by lawmakers and governors to a disjointed alignment of Action Congress, AC and the ANPP to form the new party the All Progressives Congress, APC.
It is obvious now that the defection has not helped the system but has enabled the politicians to achieve their personal political ambition.
To a lawmaker representing Rivers State (PDP) at the House of Representatives, Mr. Randolph Brown, the defection is due to lack of party ideologies.
He attributed the rate of defections to selfish interest by some politicians.
To him, the past and recent defection never helped democracy, adding, “Most politicians defect to other parties, particularly when they are no more part of the decision making body of their party.