Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Mohammed Adoke, SAN, yesterday raised some questions relating to the spate of defections recently witnessed in the country, which he said must be addressed quickly in order to restore sanity to the polity.
Adoke’s position was contained in his remarks made at the Round table on Defection of Political Office Holders in Nigeria organised by the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies in Abuja.
A copy of his speech was made available to Nigerian pilot.
He observed that while defections had been rationalised on the basis of the freedom of association, it is obvious from the provisions of Section 68(1) (a) and (g) that while the Constitution provides consequences for defection of lawmakers, no such consequences exist for members of the executive arm.
“Furthermore, what becomes of the choice the electorate had made and their preference for a particular party manifesto when the political office holder defects to another political party?
“It is the effect of the challenges that attend the process of defection that has led some commentators to opine that defections have greatly undermined our democracy.
“Defections have also been identified as breeding disloyalty, enmity between political office holders, and utter disregard for rule of law, which is essential for the sustenance of democracy.”

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