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CSO urges politicians to embrace genuine opposition, stop carpet crossing 

Mr Ezenwa said that opposition political parties were meant to be shadow governments, through policy differentiation.

• April 20, 2024

A Civil Society Organisation (CSO), Peers Advocacy and Advancement Centre (PAACA), has called for an end to carpet crossing by politicians in the country in order not destroy the role of opposition in democratic governance.

The executive director, PAACA, Ezenwa Nwagwu, gave this advice in an interview with journalists on Saturday in Abuja.

He said politicians have outsourced opposition to media and civil society groups but would rather cross carpet to a different political party when they did not succeed with their political ambitions.

“Nigerian politicians have no interest in opposition, their opposition is in writing statements.

“The work of the civil society and the media is not to oppose the government but to clap when the government does well and criticise when they should. But they now want us to play their own role.

“And that is why we need to do something about this movement from one political party to another.

“They are outsourcing the opposition.

”That is why when they see us, they say you people are not talking enough, forgetting that the only reason civil societies talked under military rule in the past was because there were no political parties then,” he said.

Mr Ezenwa said that opposition political parties were meant to be shadow governments, through policy differentiation.

“The Republican Party and the Democratic Party of the United States of America do not speak the same language; when they want to speak the same language, they come into a conference.

“The Labour Party and the Conservative Party of the United Kingdom do not speak the same language.

“Opposition is a policy; what is your policy in agriculture, in education and health? So, if I compare with the PDP or the APC, then I can make a choice.

“The only difference here is the style of accomplishing those tasks. Opposition is not fashionable to the Nigerian politician.

“Where does it leave the Nigerian people? They are being deceived and aided by a very uninformed populace that do not take the time to differentiate between what is concrete and what is not,” Mr Nwagwu said.

He therefore, said it was necessary to do something to discourage or kill cross carpeting, to ensure Nigeria’s democracy and Nigerians enjoy viable opposition. 


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