Monday August 26, 2019 11:47 AM

Politicians cross-carpeting from one political party to another out of desperation – CSOs

Some Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) on Tuesday in Abuja said politicians cross-carpeting from one political party to another was out of desperation.

Some of the CSOs who spoke with NAN unanimously agreed that in an ideal political environment, political parties have ideologies which attract politicians to join.

Samson Itodo, Executive Director, Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth and Advancement (YIAGA) Africa, said the recent defections by politicians should, however, not be a surprise to many political discerning Nigerians.

“Primarily, defection depends on political actors that lack principle, ideology and values.

“When people don’t have principles, values or ideologies, what you get is people moving from post to post in search of sense of direction.

“So they go to this party, and if it is not protecting their interest, they move to another political party,” he said.

Itodo said that the defection was about politicians shifting allegiance not based on fair principle, but on self-interest.

For Esther Uzoma, Alternate Chairperson, Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room, the defections, while not healthy, may however, not be all bad.

According to her, the defections were indicative of the fact that the country enjoyed a vibrant democratic system.

“On the one hand, it indicates a vibrant democracy, while on the other hand, it also indicates a political system that is totally devoid of ideological persuasion.

“So, moving towards 2019, we get the impression that these are just politicians trying to seize power.

“It is not that they are trying to convince the electorate about a particular ideology or providing particular answer to the Nigerian question,” she said.

Similarly, Frank Tietie, Executive Director, Citizens Advocacy for Social and Economic Rights (CASER), said the defections were a reflection of desperation by some politicians.

“Unfortunately, they are without ideological basis and as such it becomes worrisome.

“We are in a situation where politicians began to engage in permutations, rather than actual political education.

“Certainly, this will affect women and youth candidacy, because the odds have always been against them, especially due to money politics,” he said.

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