- The former minister of health, Alhaji Muhammad Pate, has said that Nigerians should stop blaming President Muhammadu Buhari for the mass defection among political parties
- Pate said that defection has always been a trend in Nigeria's democracy for about 20 years, adding that this has brought about a dysfunctional system in the country
- He further said that politicians defect to other parties towards the end of an administration for selfish reasons
Alhaji Muhammad Pate, the former minister of health, has stated that neither President Buhari-led administration nor political parties were responsible for the massives defection rampant in the country.
The ex-minister said that the issue of defection among politicians towards the end of every regime is a trend that is inherent in Nigeria's democracy, Vanguard reports.
Speaking with newsmen in Abuja recently, Pate remarked that political defectors move across parties towards the eve of general elections because of selfish interests.
He further said that such undue pursuit of self-interest among politicians was responsible for the dysfunctions experienced in key areas of our existence even after 20 years of democratic governance in Nigeria.
Pate said: “All these arguments every four years around election become such a distraction. But that is not making of political parties or the making of the government. It’s a foundational issue because of the structure of our democracy.
“All the noise you are hearing about changing from one party to another is all about struggling for one position or another. It is not about the larger issue of where Nigeria should be, and what kind of future we want for our children. The truth of this matter is that Nigeria is not working as it should be.
“However, the future of this country can be tremendously improved. Nigeria can be a great country in the continent of Africa and at the global stage. But there are dimensions that are incontrovertible.
“We have to look at what the political elites have done collectively over the last 20 years. We have to look at Nigeria’s problems over a long time in order to find solutions that are strategic and not tactical.
“We have had democracy for 20 years yet we have dysfunction in our political system, we still have dysfunction in our academic system, we have dysfunction in our educational system, we have dysfunction in our health system, in our security system.
"And even the social security we need for the most vulnerable part of our population is virtually non-existent other than some efforts to feed school children and to create jobs but the systemic issue is there. But it is not caused by this government.”
NAIJ.com gathered that Senate president Bukola Saraki on Tuesday, July 24, on the floor of the Senate announced the defection of the senators from the ruling party to the PDP. In its twitter handle, the spokesperson of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, described the defection as a boost for the party to win 2019 general elections.
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