Politics of Defection
Seyi Onikoyi defined defection as “the withdrawal of membership loyalty, allegiance and continued support for a party by one or more of its members. It is the situation when politicians quit the political party to which he or she belongs and joins another party of his or her choice.” Most politicians gave reasons for defection as a result of lack of internal political democracy in their political parties. While one may agree that it is a fundamental right of every person to join any association, organization or party, but one may also ask – what then happens to the mandate, which is the power and voice of the people who elected these politicians to represent them to secure their wishes and interests in government?
We believe that politicians who defected from one political party to the other did so for the purpose of satisfying their individual ambitions. Such politicians lack morality and political ideology. Some of them seek political positions for the interest of few. Most of these politicians spent their ill-gotten money to acquire political power and would always like to be in the winning party in order to loot government treasury. Besides, political posts in this country are too attractive, which enables them to get the comfort of their office.
The country remains a crisis state without values and ideology plundered by the ruling class who for years have been busy stealing, and primitive accumulation of people’s money. The over 389 identified ethnic nationalities are the bed-rock on which Nigeria is superimposed. These nationalities have been disenfranchised and sidelined in the process of administrative governance.
The unbalanced structure of the country will forever remain a problem if structural transformation is left undone. The ethnic nationalities continue to be undermined by internal colonialists and power drunkards. The three bigger ethnic nationalities have long been playing politics of ethnicity and, worse still, politics of religion with hidden agenda.
The National Conference with 492 delegates, consisted of some of the best minds, was one of the best things that happened to Nigeria. The recommendation of the National Conference on Political Restructuring and Form of Government should be accepted and fully implemented by Mr. President, in order to lessen some of the teething challenges we have been facing in the country.
In the words Lee Kuan Yew, former Prime Minister of Singapore, “You cannot have a clean government from corrupt election funding.”