The political abracadabra in Nigeria is taking another interesting dimension, this time, reaching a feverish height, following the massive defection of 15 senators from the ruling All Peoples Congress (APC) to the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
The defections of 15 senators from the governing APC followed the police attempt this morning, to block the Senate President Dr. Bukola Saraki and his deputy Ike Ekweremadu from leaving their houses. What makes the police action very ironic is the fact that Dr. Saraki was invited by the Inspector General of police Ibrahim Idris to come to the police headquarters to answer queries regarding an alleged bank robbery, which the police boss claimed Dr. Saraki was implicated in. Interestingly, a day before the blockage, the President of Senate made it clear that he would honour the invitation. The question is, why would the same police agents, who want Dr. Saraki to report to them block him from leaving his compound to supposedly honour their call? The leads one to another alleged latent political games unfolding.
It has been rumoured that the Senate President Dr. Bukola Saraki is very much interested in running for the highest political job in the land, come 2019. That would basically mean contesting against President Muhammadu Buhari. Allegedly, the invitation of Saraki to the police headquarters was an attempt to prevent him from achieving the said political ambitions. It is also rumoured that Senators loyal to the President were willing to impeach the Senate President based on the police allegation against him. It is, therefore, believed that the defection of the 15 senators from the ruling party may not be unconnected with an attempt to thwart that effort. With the 15 lawmakers defected to the opposition, the ruling party will automatically lose its majority in the Senate. That will make it extremely difficult for the executive (President) to get legislation passed. That is not all, following the defection of the ruling APC senators to the opposition party, it will not be a surprise for the opposition to call for President Buhari’s impeachment any time soon.
Welcoming the defected the All Progressives Congress (APC) senators, the spokesperson for the main opposition People’s Democratic Party Kola Ologbondiyan called it a welcomed development, which he claimed would save Nigeria from “draconian policies of the sitting president”. The question in the minds of many Nigerians is: What are the chances of the sitting President Buhari winning the Presidential election in 2019 with the latest development in mind as well as the friction amongst his APC ruling party members?
Regardless of the current political prostitution in Nigeria, the situation on the ground has little positive effects in the lives of an average Nigerian. The dumping of the ruling APC party for the opposition is simply a political cosmetics. Most of the senators who have defected to the opposition were once members of the opposition PDP before supporting the ruling APC party. The President of Senate Dr Saraki, for one, was a two-term governor of Kwara State under the PDP. To actualize his political ambition of becoming the Senate President, the number three man in the country, he defected to the new ruling party APC. In other words, Dr Saraki and the rest of them are the same old political harlots, suffering from the same political leprosy infecting the country. Unfortunately, if past events were to be used as a yardstick, one would say that many Nigerians – and for that matter, Africans – are so terribly gullible that they would not only believe these politicians, simply because they changed their parties. Worse still, Nigerians would go back and vote for these same corrupt leaders, whose policies have effectively destroyed their future and as well as that of their children. What is happening in Nigeria is simply nothing but a mere blatant political recycling.
Unless Nigerians grab this new political situation, ask for a meaning change and elect truly capable, dedicated leaders, who will serve them judiciously, the recent political earthquake in Nigeria will always remain a mere mirror of the past and will definitely have little or no positive effect in the lives of an average Nigerian.