Nigeria’s Ambassador To South Africa Ahmed Ibeto Resigns, Defects To PDP

Ahmed Ibeto


Nigeria’s Ambassador to South Africa, Ahmed Ibeto, has resigned and also defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), from the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The Zonal Vice Chairman of the PDP for Zone C in Niger State, Yahaya Abdullahi, confirmed the defection to Channels Television on Tuesday.

“Officials have just issued the former Deputy Governor with the membership card of the party. We have caught a lion of Niger State politics, he is not a big fish but a lion,” he said.

Ibeto who was the former deputy governor of Niger State (under the administration of  Muazu Babangida Aliyu), resigned on Monday after he arrived from Pretoria on Sunday.

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It was gathered that he handed over his letter of resignation at the Ministry of External Affairs before proceeding to pick a membership form of the PDP at his ward in Magama Local Government Area of Niger State at about 3:00 pm on Tuesday.

Ibeto had left the PDP for the APC, few months to the 2015 general elections following a disagreement with his boss at the time, Aliyu.

He was initially included among President Muhammadu Buhari’s ministerial nominees but he was dropped at the last minute.

Ibeto was, however, later nominated and appointed as Nigeria’s Ambassador to South Africa by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The PDP believes his return is bound to enhance the party’s chances in the state ahead of the 2019 elections.

The Zonal Vice Chairman, however, ruled out the possibility of automatic tickets for members of the party, adding that all members seeking elective positions have to go through the processes.

When asked to comment on the defection, the APC Chairman in Niger State, Mohammed Imam, said the party has not been formally informed of the development and would make its position known when it receives official communication on the matter.

New High Commissioner Urges Nigerians In South Africa To Be Law Abiding

Nigeria’s new High Commissioner to South Africa, Dr Ahmed Ibeto has asked Nigerians resident in South Africa to be law abiding at all times. 

Ibeto, who is the former deputy governor of Niger State, is Nigeria’s first substantive High Commissioner to South Africa in about three years.

He said Nigerians should engage in lawful activities which will encourage cooperation between them and the host community, South Africa.

“They are called upon to engage in activities that are lawful, by doing that, I am sure we are going to have cooperation and we will not have a clash with our host community, South Africa, so this we impress on our people, to engage in lawful businesses and also ensure that they abide by the laws.”

Ibeto, speaking at a reception in his honour at the Consul-General’s residence on Saturday, outlined some of his priority areas.

These, he says, includes improving the scope of engagement with government and the business sector, as well as promoting investment in mining, agriculture, and tourism.

Buhari Withdraws Ahmed Ibeto From List Of Ministerial Nominees

IbetoThe President, Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday withdrew the name of Mr Ahmed Ibeto of Niger State from the list of ministerial nominees.

President Buhari sent a letter to the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki notifying him of the withdrawal.

It was gathered that his withdrawal may have been informed by the nomination of another candidate, Abubakar Bwari also from Niger State.

Mr Ahmed Musa Ibeto was the State Chairman of the National Republican Convention (NRC) Party in 1990.

He was the State Secretary of the National Republican Convention from 1990 -1992.

Mr Ibeto was also the State Secretary of the defunct United Nigeria Centre Party (UNCP), as well as the All Nigeria Peoples’ Party (ANPP) between 1995 to 1996 and 1998 to 1999.

He served as the Senior Special Assistant on Protocol Matters to the immediate past Governor of Niger State, from 1999 to 2003.

In 2003, he was the Deputy Chairman, House Committee on Power and later Chairman, House Committee on States and Local Governments.

He was the Deputy Governor of Niger State from 2007 – 2015.

Mr Ibeto was among the 21 nominees sent September 30, 2015.

Polio: Immunize Your Child Or Go To Jail, Niger State Warns Parents

Apparently worried by the reoccurrence of polio cases in the state, the Niger State government has concluded arrangements to establish mobile courts across the 25 local governments areas in the state to prosecute parents who refused to present their children for immunization.

The Chairman of the state Taskforce on the eradication of polio and Deputy Governor of the state, Ahmed Ibeto who revealed this to Channels Television’s correspondent in Minna, the Niger State capital, said any parent found guilty will be fined N10, 000 or six month imprisonment.

Mr Ibeto further said the state government has commenced a compulsory stop and search of all vehicles at all entry point into the state where children eligible for vaccination will be examined and vaccinated.

He said the police and men of Niger state vigilante groups in all the 25 five local governments area of the state will always accompany the immunisation officers to enforce compliance and forestall harassment.