The Congress of Nigeria’s Political Parties, CNPP, Kwara State branch, has backed the recent defection of politicians from one party to another, stating that it is good for the nation’s democracy.
In a statement signed by Adebayo Lawal, the state party Chairman, the issue of defection was not strange to Nigerians.
CNPP's comment was made on the back of recent defection by the likes of Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed and others from the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
“The flurry of movements of members from one party to another in search of an enabling environment to further their political ambitions, though unusual, is a good omen for our political system because it is a pointer to the fact that our democracy is coming of age.
“It happened in the Western Region Parliament of Nigeria in the early sixties when members defected from the Mabolaje Grand Alliance to join the Action Group in order to form the government under the revered leadership of the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo.
The CNPP also told the APC not to complain about the present developments as the party were beneficiaries of the defection arrangement prior to the 2015 general elections.
“It also happened in the second Republic, up to the present Fourth Republic, when the current President, Muhammadu Buhari, was a beneficiary of the defection of five state governors from the People’s Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress in 2014.”