The Federal House of Representatives yesterday witnessed the announcement of two significant defections as Aliyu Datti Yako of Kano and Danjuma Usman Shiddi (alias Danji SS) of Taraba both dumped their respective political parties People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and joined the ruling political party, All Progressive Congress, APC.
Aliyu Datti Yako, representing Kiru-Bebeji Federal Constituency, had beaten APC’s Abdulmumin Jibrin in the reorganized election after a court declared the initial Election void because the result sheet was mutilated. It was widely speculated then that Jibrin stood no chance because of his fallout with governor Abdullahi Ganduje as he had gone against Ganduje’s treatment of the then Kano Emir, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, a one-time governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN.
Part of the rumours was that Ganduje was in support of Datti to spite Jibrin. In deed, Jibrin lost the by-election to Datti, the PDP candidate, by as much as 48,601 votes to 13,507 votes.
Many observers had predicted that it is only a matter of time before Datti crosses over to the APC.
Shiddi, who is representing Ibi-Wukari Federal Constituency, also defected to the APC as far back as July this year, but the House of Representatives formally announced it yesterday.
It should be noted that the senator who was embroiled in a sex toy shop assault on a young woman, Senator Elisha Abo of Adamawa, had announced his decision to defect to the APC several weeks ago. Recently, the governor of Ebonyi State dumped the same PDP, to join APC, and all Local Government Area chairs in the state days ago, decamped to the APC.
Many political analysts are afraid of the fate of opposition politics in Nigeria as politicians show a knack for changing parties at will without recourse for ideology. There is a need to effective and robust opposition in a polity to drive a progressive front, but the opposition so far seem more interested in frivolous mischief and detraction, than patriotic criticism.