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Nigerian Ambassador to South Africa Resigns, Joins PDP

Nigeria’s ambassador to South Africa, Alhaji Ahmed Ibeto, has reportedly announced his defection from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) under which he secured the appointment from President Muhammadu Buhari. The Punch reports that Ibeto also resigned as Nigeria’s ambassador.

According to the report, Ibeto reportedly arrived Nigeria from Pretoria, South Africa, on Sunday, July 29, and in the morning of Monday, July 30, he handed over his letter of resignation at the external affairs ministry.

The report however said it could not confirm if Ibeto saw President Muhammadu Buhari before returning to Minna, the capital of Niger state.

Ibeto was a former deputy governor of Niger state under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the party he returned to as reported by Daily Sun on Tuesday, July 31. As deputy governor for eight years, Ibeto worked with Muazu Babangida Aliyu. He dumped the PDP for the APC in the heat of the 2015 general elections after he lost the party’s primary.

The report said Ibeto is currently going through the process of obtaining his PDP membership card from his ward in Ibeto town, Magma local government area of the state.

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