Former Chairman, Federal Road Management Agency, FERMA, Engr. Olajide Adeniji, has observed that political parties in Nigeria lack clear-cut guiding ideologies.
Adeniji, who was fielding questions from journalists yesterday at his Ila country home in Osun State, explained that the absence of guiding ideologies among parties is responsible for the frequent cross-carpeting by politicians without ideological reasons.
He added that the basic reasons for joining political parties in Nigeria range from economic to political and personal issues, where some even join parties to settle scores.
The former FERMA boss called for constructive criticism to strengthen democratic administration and ensure stability in all ramifications.
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, chieftain, however, noted that the party is performing creditably as an opposition party, saying it was magnanimous enough to praise the government in power for any good deed.
“PDP is firmly on ground in Osun, we always criticise government’s policies objectively and applaud its masses-oriented policies.
“Our politics in the PDP is not that of destruction, we believe that opposition parties are government in waiting, they are supposed to give better alternative to the people, rather than causing acrimony through destructive criticism,” Adeniji said.
He said Governor Rauf Aregbesola is administering the state in “the best way he could do it, the general feeling in Osun is that the people are tired of the APC-led administration.
He opined that there is room for the PDP to wrestle power from the ruling party “if it can put its house in order.’’
According to Adeniji, “There is no doubt that the people in Osun are totally tired of the present government, many things are wrong in our state presently. The problems might not be man-made, but the fact is that people will always demand for what is due to them, irrespective of the challenge that the state is going through,” he resorted.