Former Nigeria’s Ambassador to South Africa Alhaji Ahmed Musa Ibeto has declared that he will contest for the governorship ticket of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party PDP.
Ibeto had on Monday resigned as Nigeria’s Ambassador to South Africa and on Tuesday resigned his membership of the All Progressives Congress and immediately joined the Peoples Democratic Party PDP.
Ibeto said: ” I am back in the PDP to seek for a platform under which I will actualise my vision to transform Niger state and add value to it’s growth and development
“I resigned from my ambassadorial position to return to the PDP again through which i will freely pursue my political ambition as a free citizen of Nigeria”.
The former Ambassador who spoke to a group of newsmen after defecting to the PDP at Ibelu ward in the Magama local government of Niger state on Tuesday added that he had been a thorough breed politician who had grown from the grassroots and played varied active partisan politics and held political and public offices across the boards without any blemish.
His experience and followership he said, would endear him to the people and translate to not only picking the PDP ticket but win the election in 2019.
Ibeto however said he believed in playing politics without bitterness, rancor or violence just as he also stressed that the “sad introduction of money politics is a negative development that is capable of ruining democracy, politics and good governance in the state and the country
” That I was appointed Nigeria’s ambassador to South Africa does not remove my right to aspire to serve my state in any capacity i cherish to, I’m a free born citizen of Nigeria and have the inalienable right to contest for any pubic office in the country and particularly my state” he stressed.
He dismissed the rumour that there was a quarrel between him and the leadership of the APC in the state and at the national level pointing out that his appointment as Nigeria’s envoy to South Africa was a call to service for which he remained grateful to President Muhammadu Buhari saying also that his relationship with the government in the state was cordial and mutual.
Ibeto said he bore no grudge against anyone, adding that former governor Dr. Mua’azu Babangida Aliyu, remained his leader and one of those he respects.
Ibeto was between 2007 to 2015 the Deputy governor of Niger state and had at different times served as Secretary and Chairman of the defunct National Republican Convention, (NRC) and the NCPN as well as the All Nigerian Peoples Party, (ANPP).