Well-known conservative deputy leaves centrist governing Civic Platform party
August 28, 2013
John Godson, a well-known deputy in the Polish parliament, resigned from the governing Civic Platform (PO) party Tuesday.
As a relatively conservative member of the centrist PO, Godson said that “dissonance” between his views and that of the party and too much “pressure” to side with the majority were his reasons for leaving.
He said that his decision to leave had been a long time coming, having been dissuaded from leaving by the leader of PO, Prime Minister Donald Tusk, in March.
Rather than be a factor in his departure, Godson said that he had purposely waited to make his announcement to leave after the results of party elections for the head of the party were released last week. On Friday, PO party election results showed that another conservative member of PO, Jaroslaw Gowin, had gained 20% party support but failed to unseat the incumbent Tusk.
Godson now plans on remaining in the parliament as an independent. His departure means that the number of deputies in the ruling coalition between PO and the Polish People's Party (PSL) is now 233, only two more than required for a majority in the lower house.
Godson is originally from Nigeria but moved to Poland in 1993 at the age of 23 and became a Polish citizen in 2001. He is one of two Polish deputies of African origin in the Polish parliament. The other, Killion Munyama, also hails from Godson's now-former PO party.