Nigerian Politicians: Jumping Ship And Strange Bedfellows – Olulana Alofe

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The frequency and volume of jumping from ship to ship we see is truly Nigerian! Unless you are an avid follower of local politics and have an eidetic memory or a database of current political addresses on your phone, tablet or laptop, you will be lost in the political village these politicians live in! It is a maze really. Some even seem to have more than one address it seems! 
Nigerians like to follow trends from foreign nations and take them to excessive levels. It used to be trends that were borrowed from European countries or America but these days, they can be from anywhere. For instance, those dance crazes that seasonally sweep through the country now are frequently coming from East Africa. Popular Nigerian singers use heavily disguised Auto-Tune voices to the point that it becomes nauseating. Two examples out of a myriad. I will use just one more though. There are a few members, relatively speaking of political parties in England, The United States and other older democracies than Nigeria’s that have left their first political bases for an opposing one. Usually, there is a change of ideology either by the party or politician that precipitates this parting of ways. I am very curious to know the catalyst that makes Nigerian politicians jump ship so often and as it is beyond me to discern a perceptible difference in ideology between any of the major political parties in Nigeria I do not think it can be be a differing of ideological opinions unless I have very limited perception.
The frequency and volume of jumping from ship to ship we see is truly Nigerian! Unless you are an avid follower of local politics and have an eidetic memory or a database of current political addresses on your phone, tablet or laptop, you will be lost in the political village these politicians live in! It is a maze really. Some even seem to have more than one address it seems! It is a phenomenon we have seen for years all the way back to the Second Republic I believe. I remember reading that the first Republic had political parties with sound ideologies which were different from each other. The same can be said of the second Republic but that was the era the adulterous politician became trendy even though they were heavily reprimanded by the public as they should have been. The  “Babangida Parties” that spawned June 12 were supposedly “a little to the right and a little too the left.”
These days, it is just humorous and they, the bed hopping politicians who cannot remain faithful to their ‘first love’ have become almost like a side attraction during an event. Just for laughs! Seriously though, can you really blame them when the parties seem to be identical twins? How do you distinguish between organizations that appear to be different only in name? Can you really blame a politician that decides to join the party which appears to have the best shot at occupying the only house both can live in as they must believe they are fleeing a sinking ship or maybe they were the ones drowning in the amalgamation of strange bed fellows? Something just had to give.
That is why I find it funny when people are referring to the APC as the Party of ex PDP cast offs. First of all, they were not cast off. Those politicians who had former addresses at the PDP sector of the political village left voluntarily. They have their reasons. We can in most cases only speculate why. Secondly, how many politicians in the PDP started with the PDP itself? Finally, what ideology did they betray by leaving? What exactly do they have to gain by remaining with a specific twin? They, the PDP need to find real issues to debate against the APC because the mundane topics they are choosing now to focus on cast them in very poor light. Now, the APC claiming to be a new breed of politicians or trying to tell us that they are playing a “new type” of politics is laughable really! They are the same as the PDP! If there was no name tag associated with every political party in Nigeria, I dare anyone to give me distinguishing economic or political principles that set them apart!

Here is a thought. In these days of loose morals, can you really blame any politician that moves from house to house since those parties are basically a collection of strange bed fellows? Just a thought.

 

 

 

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