Defection Of Politicians Is Not Based On Ideological Conviction – Eyiboh

A Former Spokesman for the House of Representatives, Eseme Eyiboh, on Wednesday said that those defecting from one party to another, particularly from the Peoples Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress are only doing so for selfish interests, as the move is not based on any ideological conviction.

Speaking on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Eyiboh complained that the main issues, including internal democracy and party management, had been abandoned for other matters.

He said that neglecting key issues of the management of political parties and internal democracy of the parties would lead to a “poor leadership recruitment process where you have wrong people in right places.”

He averred that the trend of defection was good for both the ruling and opposition parties but insisted that the trend was based on selfish interests and not the welfare of the people or on any ideological conviction.

“It is not all about the issue of the people. It’s about your heart being where your mouth is” he said, stressing that “none of these persons is doing it either out of ideological conviction or because of the mandate of that people,” he stressed.

On the possibility of the opposition party, APC, being a better party than the ruling PDP, Eyiboh said “APC, as a matter of fact is not a solution because APC is unable to provide an alternative to what they believe is wrong with the PDP controlled government.”

He further stated that the “APC shot itself in the foot by allowing PDP to reinvent itself” through the new party chairman, “a businessman who stoops low to conquer.”

Speaking on controversy and issues surrounding the defection of 11 senators to the APC, which the PDP opposed, although it had benefitted from similar defections in the past, Eyiboh said “the scenario is different in the sense that some members of the APC went to court (to stop their seats from being declared vacant) and PDP also went to court saying they should not defect from PDP.”

“We can’t deny the fact that there are other subsisting issues before the court of law and because it is so, it becomes unnecessary for you to begin to talk about it because the matter will be sub judice. In previous cases, there has never been such circumstance,” he said.

On the Senators’ insistence that their letter of defection be acknowledged and read on the floor of the House, Eyiboh said the Senate President was not under obligation to do it by their prompting.

He continued by saying, “it is a communication, it will definitely be done but he has to look at all the exigencies. In this case, he has to look at the matter before the court and other matters bordering on the roles of the Senate.

He further argued that “we must have a clear difference between politics and governance.”

State police already exist in the North – Former NBA Vice President

Former first National Vice President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Ikeazor Akaraiwe on Wednesday said that the call for state police is in order and that the structure of security in some Northern states is decentralized.

Mr Akaraiwe, who was a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, said that the Hisbah security structure in some Northern states is an example of a state police structure.

Former CNN Talkshow host Larry King now online with Hulu

Having the King of talk show off the screen for a while is something lots of people haven’t gotten used to due to power-charged interviews with individuals fans want to see.

But now, Larry King the former talk show host of Larry King Live on CNN is back on to do what he know how to do best but this time streaming online real-time on Hulu streaming channel but unfortunately it kick-started with fans in the United States only and the talk show has been named Larry King Now.

Airing four times a week from Monday to Tuesday the programme will feature King interviewing people as usual and the first interview of the first episode online had Seth MacFarlane – the creator of Family Guy and American Dad on the hot seat.

It is a 30-minute talk show that will have different guests and talking about guest being expected this week for Larry King Now are Meghan McCain and Matthew McConaughey.