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.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state officially announced his resignation from the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The governor made the announcement at the Government House, Makurdi, hours after some Benue youths blocked his convoy, preventing him from visiting APC national chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, in Abuja.
Legit.ng also reported how the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) reacted to the defection of 15 senators on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the PDP on Tuesday, July 24.
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The Senate president, Bukola Saraki announced the defection of the senators from the ruling party to the PDP.
In its twitter handle, the spokesperson of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, described the defection as a boost for the party to win 2019 general elections.
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