Mass defection, bad for democracy
The role of Opposition in a democracy cannot be over emphasized. A vital and strong Opposition is needed and necessary for democracy to work and to develop in the Nigeria. It is in the interest of the country as a whole, especially the ordinary people that the opposition should play its role effectively well so that they can give the people a choice whenever they go to the polling boots. The way the people would get this benefit is to have intelligent, well read and experience politicians on the Opposition.
The role of the Opposition is not just to oppose, oppose and oppose the ruling Government, but be more constructive as holding the government to account. The opposition is meant to go about in a positive way in order to get the government to adopt positive proposals and ideas. Hence, the Oppositions roles is not just to oppose the government, as there are occasions when the opposition should also agree with government, especially if the policies of government has wide support and is soundly base, then it’s only natural for the members of the Opposition to agree since the people have been seen to be carried along.
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Following the victory of the All Progressives Congress APC and its Presidential Candidate Major General Muhammadu Buhari at the March 28th Presidential election, a wind of defection has since hit the camp of the outgoing ruling party, the People’s Democratic Party PDP. The recent mass defection of high ranking chieftains of the PDP, deputy Governors and state Commissioners even when their bosses, the state Governors are still members of the PDP has created a worrisome dimension and an unhealthy trend in the Nigerian Democracy. Even though members of the APC has rather chose to see these wind of Mass Defection into their party as a good omen that would eventually lead to a boost in the political fortune of the APC ahead of the April 11th governorship and states assembly elections.
Giving the immense role that the Opposition is suppose to play in holding a ruling government duly accountable to the people, it is wrong for anyone who truly believes in democracy to continue to celebrate the defection of “Quality” men and women who should remain in the PDP and form a strong and formidable Opposition that would eventually hold the incoming government accountable to the people after its inauguration on the 29th of May 2015.
Now that most of the political “heavy weights” are defecting enmass almost on a daily basis from the PDP into the APC fold, what this means therefore is that the APC led Federal Government would rule this country devoid of a quality Opposition and that wouldn’t be in the best interest of the common man on the “street” whom the Opposition is suppose to be their voice. A quality Opposition speaks for the market women at the village markets, a strong Opposition should speak for the unemployed Youth. A formidable Opposition should be the voice of the weak and the vulnerable in the society.
Members of the PDP and indeed all other political parties should rise above the mentality of “I must chop with them” and Brace up to the challenge of playing the very important role of an Opposition for the best interest of our democracy and the voiceless. No doubt, since the formation of the APC though a fusion of ANPP,CPC, ACN and a faction of APGA over a year ago, the Nigerian masses and indeed the political arena had never had it so good since our return to democracy in 1999. The APC where able to hold the ruling government fully accountable and the PDP administration was careful and people-centered in most of its policies and programs knowing full well that the APC is watching with kin interest and always willing to criticize and take it head-on. This is exaltedly the same role Nigerians expect the PDP to play after the May 29th handing over.
The PDP should recognize that the reason why Nigerians were able to make the informed choice of rejecting and voting out the PDP at the last presidential election was majorly because the Opposition APC played its role so well. If the PDP is really serious about coming back to power come 2019, then they should better get their acts together, put their house in order and move swiftly to halt these defections from under the umbrella. If the PDP refuses to play their role as Opposition it is not only that they risk being rejected again in 2019 because they didn’t present themselves strong and quality enough an alternative to the ruling government, but the voiceless and vulnerable would be left to suffer any excesses, recklessness and lack of ideas of the ruling government. Stop these defections in the interest of Democracy, Nigerians need you to form a quality Opposition to put the APC lead Federal Government on its feet.
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