Barely a day passes without one hearing of one individual or group of people leaving one political party to join the other. In most of the instances, the reasons they give for taking the decision are varied, ranging from marginalization to bullying, from ungratefulness to lack of acknowledgement of efforts of these individuals or groups of people.
While most commentators mostly cry down those defecting to other parties mostly putting down their decisions as looking for money or positions, we at this paper beg to differ.
While we cannot out rightly say that most people may not have these considerations we want to suggest that indeed most of them defect because their former parties may not have encouraged them enough to warrant their continued stay and contribution.
We also want to state that whatever the reason why people choose to defect we do not cherish the idea of people calling others by despicable names just because they have left their party and opted for another one, for the simple reason that after all everyone has the inalienable right to associate and belong wherever feels as long as they are done within the confines of the law.
We also see the option to defect as indeed a very powerful outlet to let out anger and frustration and to better one’s chances elsewhere.
This to us is what the beauty of freedom in a democratic setting is all about, and we insist that all progressive citizens, rather than frown on this freedom, must instead hail and support it because it is healthy for the nation.