Abuja - The Transition Monitoring Group (TMG), a pro-democracy organisation, has expressed worries at the ongoing spate of defections gripping the country.
The group said it was most disconcerting that members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), whose party was defeated by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Presidential election of March 28, were currently abandoning their platform and moving in droves to join the victorious party.
According to Ibrahim Zikirullahi, Chairman of the group, the development is a direct blow to the very heart of Nigeria’s evolving democracy.
“This unprincipled act of shameless ship jumping is an attempt to thwart or irretrievably dilute the change, which the Nigerian people voted for on March 28. TMG is discomfited by the curious logic that informs this mass exodus of politicians from the PDP to the APC,” he said.
“Are these not the same sworn adversaries who bandied words, heated up the polity, and went for each other’s jugular during the election period? What has suddenly changed in an ideological sense to warrant this new found attraction and the marriages being consummated through the defections?” Zikirullahi quipped.
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He added that tendencies give backing to those claiming that there was no particular difference between the APC and the PDP.
“This claim is further buttressed by the reality staring us in the face in which Nigeria may be moving in the direction of a one party state, one in which an opposition is non-existent. We make bold to state that a democracy without a strong and viable opposition, is nothing but a smokescreen for dictatorship,” he said.
He said the victory of March 28 belonged to the Nigerian people who were desirous of a new direction for Nigeria.
Zikirullahi said it would amount to a setback for the Nigerian people for those who had been rejected to surreptitiously made their way back to power “through the back door.”
“While we cannot contest the right of Nigerian politicians to freely associate in whatever political parties they choose, it is demeaning to turn Nigeria’s democracy into a circus show in which politicians do not show enough seriousness of mind in engaging the polity.”