Ibeto ‘s Guber Ambition Divides Niger PDP


Expectedly, former Deputy Governor of Niger State and immediate past Ambassador to South Africa, Hon Ahmed Musa Ibeto has presented his letter of intent to the People Democratic Party (PDP) executives led by the  Chairman, Tanko Beji, confirming  the speculation that he rejoined  the party in order to actualize his governorship ambition

The  formal and public notification  by  Ibeto  is coming   barely two weeks after he rejoined the PDP  from  the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and also after  resigning his appointment as Nigerian ambassador to South Africa. These developments, pundits posited will draw ire  from  some  leaders of the party.

He had joined APC  on February 20th, 2015,   few months after he  failed to clinch the Governorship  ticket of PDP which he lost to Umar Nasko, the preferred candidate  of  the then governor, Dr. Muazu Babangida Aliyu, as against him who was Deputy Governor then.

It is now a common topic within and outside the party that since he returned to PDP, he has made brisk moves within the few days to outsmart those who have been the leading contenders. He submitted his letter of intent even before other aspirants like Hannafi Sudan, Aminu Baka; Umar Nassko, the 2015 flag bearer  and Ahmad Umaru Dogonkoli  who have been in the forefront for the party’s  Governorship ticket.

Ibeto’s letter of intent will no doubt  bring about a new order in the political scheming within the opposition party in the quest by various aspirants to clinch the Governorship ticket. Already, there are some leaders of the party that are going about with the notion that he was being positioned as the preferred candidate by some members of the party executive.

Other  aspirants, and former governor Aliyu, who has been the leader of the party, with anticipated influences were said not to be pleased with the development that culminated into Ibeto having an inroad back  and may not give him easy ride as promised him by those who lured him back to the party for the guber ticket.

These tendencies will no doubt have issues to use in order to frustrate his attempt to clinch the ticket. Apart from the position that he had abandoned the party when they needed him most, there are other variables his adversaries may want to use against him.

Already, LEADERSHIP gathered during the presentation of his letter of intent at the party secretariat, Eastern bye-pas, Minna, that  Dr. Aliyu, his former boss  was not happy with his return to PDP and is accusing the party chairman, Tanko Beji, for letting him down by inviting his supposed  political adversary back to PDP.

It was learnt that the former governor  has vouched that rather that supporting his former deputy, he would support the  incumbent governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sasni Bello, of the APC, to continue in office and  might even leave the party if those who are rooting for Ibeto to take the governorship ticket succeed.

Sources hinted that initially, the former governor’s body language tilted towards Hanafi Sudan to pick the ticket of the party as governorship candidate but later, he was inclined to Aminu Baka whose aspiration contravened the zoning arrangement.

By the zoning arrangement, Niger North has one more term, till 2023, because the incumbent governor might have concluded first by 2019 leaving the  zone with only one term in a two-term zoning arrangement that started with NigerSouth referred to as zone A with the Late Eng Abdulkadir Kure as the governor between1999 and 2007. It then moved  to Niger East, otherwise referred to as Zone B, that saw the emergence of Dr. Aliyu  as governor between 2007 and 2015; then the incumbent, from Niger North, also referred to as zone C, who is expected to complete two terms by 2023.

It however contravenes the arrangement as Aminu Baka from Zone A decided to  aspire and was  enjoying the support  of Dr. Aliyu, who many believe was not happy with the PDP  of Zone C which  he alleged  allowed  Ibeto who had purportedly  abandoned the party in 201.

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