The ranks of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was depleted further on Tuesday as Nigeria’s high commissioner to South Africa, Ahmed Ibeto, resigned from the ruling party and pitched his tent with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). He earlier resigned as the country’s high commissioner to South Africa on Monday.
Ibeto used to be a member of the PDP on which platform he served as deputy governor in Niger state. Following his failure to get the PDP ticket for Niger state governor in 2015, he defected to the APC and was believed to be one of the prime movers responsible for the party’s victory in Niger state.
He is similarly positioning himself to run for governor in 2019 on the PDP platform.
Ibeto was reported to have arrived Nigeria from Pretoria on Sunday and on Monday morning, he handed over his letter of resignation at the Ministry of External Affairs.
Meanwhile the PDP has already welcomed Ibeto to its fold, alongside the senate president, Bukola Saraki, and the Kwara Gov. Abdulfatah Ahmed, both of whom defected on Tuesday.
The party said in a statement on Tuesday that the defectors “will contribute to the new order that engender good governance in our nation.” It also assured them of all the rights and privileges “accruable to every member of the party.”