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Constitution amendment: NASS told to add laws compelling defecting politicians to resign



The Convention of Nigeria Political Events (CNPP) has stated that the structure modification ought to embody legal guidelines that shall compel these defecting from one political social gathering to a different to resign from no matter place they maintain.

In keeping with CNPP, if considered, it will deepen democracy, engender social justice and enhance the arrogance of the electorates within the democratic course of.

CNPP’s assertion was signed by its Secretary Normal, Chief Willy Ezugwu, famous that and made out there to DAILY POST on Wednesday, questioning how the citizens will proceed to have faith within the electoral system and the nation’s democracy when individuals they entrusted to signify them abandon them midway into their tenure for private features.

“The place is the place of ideology in politics? Is politics about private curiosity above the curiosity of the individuals we maintain energy in belief on their behalf?”, the CNPP additional requested.

The group stated that for the nation to witness huge growth, its electoral course of must be safeguarded and confidence of the people assured to scale back voter apathy throughout periodic and rescheduled elections.

“In any case, it’s immortal for an individual duly elected on the platform of a political social gathering to defect to a different with out first resigning. It’s akin to robbing Peter to pay Paul,” it added.

“Nigeria should at the moment start to make a acutely aware effort to advertise politics of ideology for the lives of the plenty to have a that means.

“The national assembly ought to, due to this fact, use the chance offered by the present plan to additional amend the 1999 structure to outlaw the act of defection to any social gathering whereas in workplace with out first resigning as there’s the pressing want to finish the now irritating political prostitution within the nation.

“We’re all conscious that the present development of defections is about defending one’s loots and scheming to take classic positions forward of the forthcoming era elections for mundane features.

“At present, all that’s required is for a corrupt politician to alter social gathering to both evade prosecution, finish ongoing prosecution or to sluggish it down for a mushy touchdown verdict.

“The world is watching and the present development will additional worsen the nation’s place on the worldwide corruption notion index and we will get this remedied throughout the ongoing structure modification course of”, the CNPP noticed.

The most recent political determine to decamp from one social gathering to a different was the governor of Cross River State, Prof. Ben Ayade.

Governor Ayade just lately dumped the Peoples Democratic Occasion, PDP, the place he was elected for the primary and second time period of his administration, for the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Ayade had stated he dumped the PDP because of the realisation that Cross River, which has been emasculated economically following the ceding of its oil wells, wanted to be in sync with the social gathering on the middle additionally citing the attributes of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Earlier than Ayade’s defection, one other PDP chieftain and Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi had additionally joined the APC and there are speculations that extra opposition politicians will defect to the ruling social gathering in coming days.