- To stop influx of PDP members into APC and vice versa, Muoghalu says stringent law should be passed against defections
- Muoghalu says the numerous defections between the major parties is affecting democracy in Nigeria
- Muoghalu is an APC aspirant running for the Anambra governorship seat
George Muoghalu, an All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, has said party defections should be discouraged by introducing very tough measures against the act.
Daily Trust reports that Muoghalu, who is the national auditor of the party, said one of the measures he would like to see is that defectors should be made to forfeit the position held while at his former party.
He said he is supporting this move because indiscriminate defection by politicians is the bane of democracy in the country.
Muoghalu delivered a paper entitled ‘Political Ideology and Consistency in Party Politics: A Case Study of Contemporary Nigeria’ at the Correspondents’ Chapel forum of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Anambra state.
He said: “Once it is impossible to continue promoting personal interests in their original parties, politicians begin to move from one party to another, abandoning ideologies once held with such quick succession that can be compared to the frequency of the lightning that accompanies a thunderstorm.
“The poverty of political ideology seen in the Nigerian political sphere has shown such negative effects on both the political parties and the nation at large.
“The project of national rebirth has been most hit because rather than consolidating development, parties have been used to promote sectionalism and opportunism.”
He said a law should be made that those who win elections on platform of a political party would not be allowed to defect unless there was clear, verifiable and unambiguous crisis in their party.
NAIJ.com gathered that Muoghalu is an APC aspirant in the governorship election coming up in Anambra state.
Muoghalu's words come just as Abayomi Akinruntan, a lawmaker representing Ilaje Constituency I in the Ondo state House of Assembly, on Tuesday, April 11, defected to the ruling APC from the PDP.
According to reports, Akinruntan decamped to the APC with some former political appointees of the former governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko at the Cocoa Conference Hall of the governor’s office Alagbaka, Akure, the state capital.
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