Clement Nwafor Okonkwo (PhD)


In political science diction, the importance of political party ideology cannot be overemphasized because it serves as a convincing footstep towards realization of good governance in a given state. Recently, party ideology appears to have been reduced to a mere term that is devoid of adequate consideration in Nigeria at large and South East in particular. This study observed the flagrant defections of politicians in the South East from one political party to another and interrogated its nexus with political party ideologies. We generated our data from secondary source through documentary method of data collection and analyzed same using content analysis. Theoretically, we adopted Systems Theory as the theoretical framework around which the study revolved. The theory maintained that the state has different interconnected parts that work together to achieve political goals. Similarly, political party ideology serves as a compass that guides a particular party as well as its members, but if the inclination on the party ideology is affected as part of the whole paraphernalia of the political system, it affects the binding powers of the party and the members thereby giving rooms for defection. Hence, the study observed that it was as a result of the weak and relegation of the ideological guides of political parties that members tend to defect. However, we suggested among others that the ideological underpinning of political parties should be taken into consideration before approval of political parties to be in existence. Total adherence to it should be monitored from time to time to ensure consistency so as to shun incessant defections.


Defection, Elections, Ideologies, Political Party and Political System

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