Jerry Gana, a former member of the Peoples Democratic Party but now with the Social Democratic Party, suffered humiliation on Thursday at an event organised by the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA. The event, politics and healthcare delivery, drew participants from political parties, the Independent National Electoral Commission and the civil society.
While speaking, Professor Gana had boasted about his new party’s ‘best healthcare programmes’, which it would implement if elected in 2019.
“We have a robust agenda on health. In writing our manifesto, we consulted vital organs in the health sector and with this plan we have on health, we shall give the other political parties a run for their money.
“A government is not paying attention to health matters is already failing,” Gana said in obvious reference to the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC.
However, Mustapha Lekki, an INEC representative at the event, refused to make light of Gana’s infraction of the electoral law.
“The INEC has set a timetable since January this year and the timetable contains when political party campaign should start and when it should end. For the record, no campaign can start before December 18.
“But now we come to forums like this and people make speeches that amounts to party campaign. This is breaking the rules, but we’ll hold them to account?
“It is gross impunity!, said Lekki.
Also, Ezenwa Nwagwu, a civil society advocate, described cross-carpeting by politicians as “shameful”.
“The movement of politicians from one party to another is even more shamefully on the rise. There is lack of discipline and party ideology. you can’t event differentiate one party from another.
“Mr Gana was part of the people who wrote the manifesto of the PDP and he is just writing another one for another party and that shows you that in the real sense of it, if you check the manifesto of these political parties, you will not see any significant difference,” Nwagwu said.