Mr. Ralphs Okey Nwosu, the National Chairman of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), has expressed regret that numerous political parties in the country will continue to lose corrupt politicians to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Nwosu, speaking from his country home in Awka on Wednesday, said it is not surprising that many politicians, particularly those in the National Assembly, have been flocking to the APC.
He expressed concern that his party, which he regarded as the country’s third most popular political party, had lost some of its lawmakers to the ruling APC, claiming that the ruling party had never hidden its desire to recruit corrupt politicians.
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He said: “During the 2019 general election, we came third in terms of the number of votes cast for political parties in the entire country. ADC is the party that got the third highest votes.
“We got 15 House of Assembly members, and save for the crooked nature of our system, ADC should have gotten about five governors. We also got seven House of Representatives members, but unfortunately, we lost two.
“You know the Nigerian system, politicians go into office, and the corrupt ones among them soil their hands, and the next thing is, they want soft landing, and APC is ever ready to provide that.
“This advert APC is doing everywhere, and saying once you join their party, your sins are forgiven, I find it very bizarre. They don’t mind how corrupt you are; they just want you to join their party. Oshiomhole (former APC national chairman) was the first to say that, and they have been advertising it. So, I think more politicians, especially the corrupt ones will still move to APC.”
Nwosu also chastised National Assembly members for passing self-serving legislation, using the latest electoral modification law on electronic voting results transmission as an example.
He said: “I will not be surprised if there is a revolt by the masses tomorrow because people are watching what they are doing and a lot of people are not happy.”