By; BALA B. BITRUS, Minna
Ahead of next Friday’s primary election for the governorship slot of the Peoples Democratic Party in Niger State, front runner for the sole ticket of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), Ambassador Ahmed Musa Ibeto has described his sojourn to the All Progressive Congress in 2015 as an act of God precipitated by human conducts.
He said the mass exodus into the All Progressive Congress by many PDP members on the eve of the 2015 general elections and immediately afterwards has since turned out a big, painful lesson for all those who flocked into the APC.
“Our sojourn to APC as painful as it has been, is a huge lesson on how not to do things”. I am back in the PDP, it is for good and I won’t leave it” he added.
Ambassador Ibeto noted that in politics, any government that is irresponsive to the yearnings of it’s people, soon becomes irresponsible.
He said the continuous outcries by vast majority of citizens over hardship, insecurity and general maladministration have exposed the weaknesses of the governing All Progressive Congress as a political party that has refused to learn the ropes and is ill prepared for governance and the task of forging the country forward.
Ambassador Ibeto had last July ditched the APC, resigned from his ambassadorial appointment as Nigeria’s envoy to South Africa and returned to the PDP in what political observers described as a rare, selfless and daring political decision.
Ambassador Ibeto spoke at Wushishi where he led members of his gubernatorial campaign council on familiarisation visit to see the council’s PDP executives, elders, delegates and stakeholders.
He pleaded for greater understanding and resilience by all members of the PDP family and citizens at large to team up in the search for alternative to bad administration.
The gubernatorial hopeful emphatised with the longsuffering people of the area and the state in general for what he called three long years of neglect and anguish in the hands of those they entrusted their mandates to.
A cross section of youths and elders at the PDP’s Secretariat in Wushishi in their separate remarks, cautioned the party’s delegates to Friday’s primary election to vote for the person who has good vision for the develpment of the state.
They warned delegates to the primary election against mortgaging the future of the entire people adding that delegates were crucial in the expected victory of the PDP in the 2019 governorship election in the state.
At Bangi, in Mariga local government council, Ibeto, while addressing PDP delegates to the primary election, said poverty has pauperised Nigerlites so much that in every home across the state, there were hues and cries over excruciating hunger, lack and decaying infrastructure and inefficient, non functioning public utilities such as potable water supply, failed road networks and healthcare delivery system.
He assured that if he wins the primary election and gets elected as governor of Niger state, hr would return integrity to governance, respect to politicians through participatory democracy and ensure good governance.
Ambassador Ibeto bemourned the steady decline in agricultural productivity in the state and attributed the slip to lack of articulated government’s support and patronage.
He said with a well funded agricultural programme, the state could be relaunched to it’s once prime position of number one rice, cereals and yam tubers