The sweeping victory
of General Buhari and his party in the polls has brought
in its wake an obnoxious phenomenon known as political
As we have
osmosis in biology so we have it in politics.
Biologically, the term osmosis means a process by which
molecules of a solvent tend to pass through a
semi-permeable membrane from a less concentrated
solution into a more concentrated one. The process ends
up equalising the solute concentrations on the the two
osmosis, in conceptual terms, is not so much different
from biological osmosis. However in practical
application and usefulness to man, both are poles apart.
While osmosis in the scientific sense could be very
useful to man, like in kidney dialysis, political
osmosis, for instant, is an affront to true democracy.
I will come to
that but let me first of all try to explain what
political osmosis is all about.
political osmosis is a process by which avaricious,
fair-weathered, unprincipled politicians, like
jellyfish floating through the pond, move unashamedly
from one party to the other, usually from a loosing
party to the winning party, in search of 'buttered
bread.' What a definition!
that's the scenario we are witnessing in the country
right now, with politicians all abandoning their parties
to pitch their tents with the winning APC!
Surely as I
said, fusion of political parties does not augur well
for the practice of true democracy. Rather it muzzles it
and, in extreme cases, results in a one-party state. And
one bad thing with such one-part government is the
absence of veritable competition. It is similar to pure
monopoly in the market economy, where one company has
control over the entire market for the supply of a given
product. Such company usually turns docile, uninnovative,
uncreative and unmindful to the well-being of the
customers. Apart from all this, a one-party system is
usually a prelude to the the emergence of a maximum
ruler, another word for a dictator.