The prominent Civil Rights Advocacy group: HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) is worried about the damage that incessant cross carpeting into the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) by mostly elected governors and legislators is doing to the nation’s constitutional democracy.
The Rights group also condemns cross carpeting across party lines by political office holders since it’s unconstitutional and unethical.
Calling it unbridled political prostitution and lawlessness, the Rights group said it is miffed that even the National Assembly that ought to be custodians of the national Grund Norm is not protecting the ideals of democracy.
HURIWA said it was worried that the All Progressives Congress that leads the Country and represents her and the good people of Nigeria at global fora by virtue of the fact that it is the political party that produced President Muhammadu Buhari, is gradually turning their political platform into the rehabilitation platform for alleged Corrupt politicians who now see the APC as the refuge of sinners.
“Clearly what is at play in these irritating defections by the bunch of unprincipled political office holders, is the lack of decency and total disregard to the unambiguous provisions of the Constitution which prohibit these kinds of defections and political prostitution as can be seen in the exact wordings of the Constitution in section 68 (1) (a) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria of 1999 (as amended). HURIWA said a plethora of other provisions as it concerns elected holders of executive tenured offices are found in the constitution.
The leading not-for-profit and non-political group quoted Section 68(1) (a) of the constitution as stating thus: A member of the Senate or of the House of Representatives shall vacate his seat in the House of which he is a member of – (a) he becomes a member of another legislative house.”
HURIWA in a media release by the National Coordinator Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media Affairs Director Miss Zainab Yusuf said President Muhammadu Buhari has violated his constitutional oath of office by accepting and welcoming decampees from the opposition party especially governors and legislators elected under different political platforms especially because President Muhammadu Buhari just like the unethical cross carpeting politicians swore the oath of allegiance to the Constitution which they now violate with reckless abandon.
HURIWA then posed this Interrogatory thus: “What exactly is our President showcasing to young people of Nigeria? Is it that it is right to breach the oath of office and the ethical codes that are binding on politicians which obliges them to remain loyal and faithful to the political vehicles they were driven to win political offices? This is political profanity at its apogee”.
“To even note that a former National Chairman of APC was quoted as saying that APC will forgive corrupt politicians the moment they cross over to APC from PDP and indeed he spoke the mind of President Buhari who has welcomed many accused corruptly enriched politicians from the other side whose cases surreptitiously develop snail speed”.
“Pure and simple the act of politicians crossing over from their political parties to the ruling political party because of pecuniary purposes is to put it very mildly, pathetically roguish and absolutely absurd. It is an act of egregious political corruption which should interest both the EFCC and ICPC if there are independent bodies”.
HURIWA express worry that the impartiality and independence of both the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission have been eroded by the fact that the President directly interfere with the workings of these bodies to influence them on when to stop the prosecution of cases involving PDP officeholders who decamp suddenly to the party in power at the centre.
HURIWA is suggesting the creation of a 3 man independent task force to enforce the relevant provisions of the law on political defection to save the imminent collapse of constitutional democracy in Nigeria.