Elections in Nigeria come with increased tension, each more fatal than the last and the manner at which the politicians play the politics is a direct reflection of how low they value the citizens. This can be seen in the propaganda, hate speeches, lack of shame and most recently, cross carpeting experienced in the Nigerian political system; worst still is that all these are done with reckless abandon to the plights of the citizens as the politicians continue to accumulate wealth and riches abroad.
I do not know about other countries but many Nigerian politicians have very little or no integrity. One day, a politician is accusing another party of being the problem of the country and urging the citizens to stand against members of the said party even if it means ‘losing their lives’. Then you put on your television the next day or buy the Daily only to discover that the same politician is shaking hands with members of the party he has been accusing and announcing his defection from his party to join the opposition.
It is all confusing really just as it is annoying because it is obvious these politicians are taking the citizens for a ride, all that matters to them is their political ambitions and greed. They have no shame and would not mind eating up their vomits and dancing naked in the market place as far as it lands them a political portfolio.
How does one explain the actions of a man whom has ruled as a governor for two terms (eight years) and served as senator afterwards for another four years under one party coming out to announce his intension to decamp to a rival party and his excuse is, 'I have recently found out this party is not working in the best interest of the people'; which people?
For instance, how does Hillary Clinton whose husband has ruled America as a democrat and who herself has served and contested for presidency as a Democrat come out one day to announce her intention of becoming a Republican just because she wants a position in the Trump administration? Well, if Hillary Clinton was Nigerian, she would have decamped the moment she lost the election to Trump, just so she gets a position in government; this is the case in Nigeria.
These politicians do not have the citizens at heart. Just a few days ago, the Senate President who ruled as a governor for eight years under the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) decamped to the All Progressive People’s Congress (APC) after his party lost the General Elections and was made Senate president as compensation, has again announced his defection back to the PDP because the elections are near and he fears the PDP has gotten their acts together again and pose a threat to the current government in the next General Elections.
Then like stories from a children's book of fiction, the minority leader who was a governor for 8 years under the PDP and served as senate minority leader since his election into the senate is on his way to the All Progressive Congress (APC) - a party he has openly attacked for many years. What is happening?
In this battle of the heavyweights, it is the citizens who are left at a disadvantage because it appears whichever party they elect - PDP or APC, the same set of persons will rule the country. Once they are elected under one party and serve their full term, they defect to another party to seek re-elected.
With the Nigerian General Elections less than six months away, again the main actors are taking center stage to play their roles according to the scripts, how sad.