Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Nigeria's Ambassador To South Africa Resigns, Dumps APC, Decamp to PDP

Nigeria's ambassador to South Africa, Ahmed Ibeto, has resigned.

He also abandoned the All Progressive Congress in power and moved to the opposition People's Democratic Party.

Ibeto reportedly arrived in Nigeria from Pretoria Sunday and Monday morning, he handed over his letter of resignation to the Department of External Affairs.

Our correspondent could not confirm whether the envoy saw President Muhammadu Buhari before returning to Minna on Monday night.

Ibeto was a deputy governor of the state of Niger on the PDP platform.

Checks revealed Tuesday that Ibeto has left Minna for his hometown of Ibeto in the state's Magama local government area.

According to sources, the former vice governor was received by more than 1,000 supporters while on his way to Ibeto.

Our correspondent realized that in Ibeto, the former ambassador would resign first from his membership in the PCA and assume membership in the PDP.

A source close to the former vice governor told our correspondent that he would join the race for governance immediately after registering for PDP.

It can be recalled that the former ambassador was a member of the PDP until the party's primary election in November 2014, during which he lost the governorship ticket for Umar Nasko, former chief of staff of the former governor Babangida Aliyu.

He resigned from joining the PDP with thousands of his supporters after complaining about the "injustice" done to him by the ruling party.

Ibeto was the vehicle on which the outgoing APC governor rose to victory, leading his campaign in the 274 districts of the state.

In addition, last year he was appointed ambassador and assigned to South Africa by President Muhammed Buhari.

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