To many Nigerians, the 2023 general elections may look far away but to politicians it is just a few months away.
In earnest, those who seek certain open and hidden interests have started keying into systems of various political parties where they consider that their bread may be buttered.
In the last few months, the Nigerian political scene has witnessed series of political allegiance shift and abandonment of loyal duty in pursuit of personal interests and gain.
Former Minister of Information, Professor Jerry Gana, who rejoined the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from the Social Democratic Party (SDP) alongside some of his supporters; and a former Chairman of Kajuru Local Government Area in Kaduna State, Isah Danssallah, who defected from the PDP to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC); are the latest notable political sailors.
Below, seunawosika.com makes a list of notable sailing politicians who have defected this year, ahead the 2023 general elections in Nigeria
The former Speaker of the House of Representatives, dumped his party, the Action Democratic Party (ADP) for All Progressives Congress (APC) in Mid March.
Reacting to Bankole’s decision to join the APC, National Chairman of the ADP, Alhaji Yabayi Sani, said he was not surprised as it was “average Nigerian politicians, are only good in sharing not in building”
Alhaji Mohammed Shittu
A former presidential candidate who is also a former national chairman of the defunct Advanced People’s Democratic Alliance (APDA), officially joined the ruling APC when he took part in the nationwide registration exercise of his new party at his Gwagwa Ward in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja.
Shittu contested for the Aso Rock top seat on the platform of APDA in 2019.
A former governor of Ogun State, Gbenga Daniel on 15 February announced that he has dumped the PDP and officially joined the APC
In a statement he sent to his supporters, Otunba Daniel said the move is in the best interest of “our people”.
A former deputy governor of Osun State, Iyiola Omisore, formally decamped from the Social Democratic Party (SDP) to the ruling APC also in February along many of his supporters with an official party registration at his unit in Moore, Ile-Ife.
Omisore was the governorship candidate of SDP during the 2018 gubernatorial election and he came third in the poll but later threw his weight behind the APC at the re-run of the governorship election after Gboyega Oyetola, the APC’s candidate, lost to Ademola Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by 353 votes..
He served as deputy governor to former governor Adebisi Akande between 1999 and 2003 and was also a senator representing Osun East from 2003 to 2009.
In 2014, he contested for governorship election but lost to Rauf Aregbesola.
Nigeria’s former chief of army staff formally joined the ruling APC in February, a few months after meeting with Abia-North senator and chief whip of the Nigerian Senate, Orji Uzor Kalu.
Fani-Kayode, who best qualifies as chief amongst sailing politicians, has switched camps from the APC to the PDP and vice versa on several occasions since Nigeria’s return to democracy in 1999.
Ex-Personal Assistant to former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Security and Protocols on 15 February ammouced his defection tp the APC.
Eze, who is from Echara/Isiagu Ward in Igboeze-South Local Government Area of Enugu State, joined APC at the local government party secretariat, Ibagwa-Aka, where he registered.
The former Presidential Aide said that he decided to join APC not only because it is the ruling party at the centre but because of good performance of President Muhammadu Buhari.
We sincerely hope these sailing politicians find what they are looking for in 2023.