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Why politicians in Nigeria seamlessly switch from one political party to the other

Politicians in Nigeria seamlessly switch from one political party to the other, and in some cases they return to their previous party.

Peter Obi left APGA for PDP in 2014. Last week, he left PDP and after three days he joined the Labour party. Senator Abaribe left the PDP after twenty-four years, as a member of the party he served as deputy governor in Abia State and has been in the senate since 2007. Two days after exiting the PDP he joined APGA. If compiled, a list of politicians switching parties in Nigeria will be a very lengthy one.

In Nigeria, political parties have no political ideology. To all intents and purposes, party members are mere strange bed fellows with no loyalty to their party or to each other. Shared ideologies are directly correlated to collaborative ties. However, where there are no shared ideologies, there are no correlated or collaborative ties.

Politicians are mere lose agents of their party with only their selfish interest to protect.

A lot will need to change for democracy to grow in Nigeria. Though the constitution guaranties freedom of association, joining a political party only as a vehicle for selfish political intentions will most definitely not help to advance democracy.

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