I regret joining APC, says Nigeria’s ex-envoy to S’Africa

By Ummu Ismaeel,
Nigeria’s immediate past Ambassador to South Africa, Ambassador Ahmed Musa Ibeto, has said that one of his regrets in the past three years was defecting from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the platform that brought him to political limelight, for the All Progressive Congress (APC).
Ibeto, who was the deputy to the former Governor of Niger State, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, however, promised not to truncate but to uphold the PDP’s zoning arrangements by serving for only one term if voted into office in 2019.
Ibeto made the declaration at the state PDP secretariat on Monday, after submitting his letter of intent to contest the Governorship of the state on the party’s platform next year.
Besides, he said, ‘‘I am happy to be back home’’.
On the reasons for his defection, Ibeto who was one of the strong pillars that brought the APC administration into power in Niger State, said that he left the PDP due to injustice, which according to him, has been addressed by the current leadership of the party.
The former deputy governor said that he joined the APC with high hopes that the party was going to do much more for the Nigerian populace as promised only to discover that the platform has nothing better to offer Nigerians after-all.
Ibeto said, “I regretted joining the APC. Some of us came into the party with high hopes that it was better than the PDP but along the line I discovered it wasn’t so. What some of us were seeing was rather worrisome.
“I thought the APC was all about development and providing dividends of democracy to the grassroots level as promised but that was not what I saw or seen in the past three years.”
Ibeto said that it would be suicidal for him, who had served as a member of the then PDP committee that recommended zoning arrangement for Governorship in Niger State, to truncate the idea he believed in.
“I will ensure that I leave office after one term.
“I can’t even try distorting the PDP zoning arrangement because that would mean denying the other zones when it is their turn after me and again, my people in zone C will not even allow that to happen because that could cause friction when next it is our turn in the future”, he said.

On his chances of clinching the number one seat of Niger State considering the number of variables, including his frosty relationship with former Governor Babangida Aliyu in the aftermath his dumping the PDP, Ibeto said that he was hopeful that the odds would favour him.
Ibeto, who said he acknowledges and respects the former Governor as the leader of the party in the state, said, “I appreciate the PDP for being magnanimous enough to welcome us back home and has also given everyone of us returnee level playing ground”. Haven learnt so much from his former governor, the late Engineer Abdulkadir Kure, his former Principal, Babangida Aliyu, as a former Local Government Council Chairman, a former House of Representatives member and other key positions held in the past, Ibeto said he stands better chance to provide the service Nigerlites have been denied of in the past three years.

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