2019: 'Who Is Watching The Watchman?' Wole Soyinka Speaks On Defections
Demands have been made for persons who leave political parties to resign from the political office they hold.
The latest was made by the National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole.
He asked the Senate President, Bukola Saraki who left the APC to take off the crown and cease to be the leader of the Nigerian Parliament.
Scenarios have been painted; like a man, who goes to a divorced wife's kitchen to feed from her pot.
But a Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, thinks differently about how this situation should be handled.
He does not believe anyone who decides to leave a party should be crucified or persecuted for making such decision.
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Professor Soyinka held the presentation of his new book ‘Who Is Watching The Watchmen?’ and while addressing the gathering he criticised politicians who are defecting because of their selfish interest.
People who have left parties have always put up one reason or another for deciding to leave, but the Professor still sees ill-intentions.
He faulted some of the events that played out in Benue State recently, especially the reactions that trailed the defection of Governor Samuel Ortom.
In a discussion on his book, issues were raised about past administrations which were mentioned and how they had basked in freedom without much oversight.
On the power sector that has been apportioned part of the blame for the slow pace of Nigeria's development, Professor Soyinka said ‘the mal-administration’ in one of the previous governments resulted in the sabotage in the power sector.
Failure of electricity in Nigeria was the result, he added.
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