By; BALA B. BITRUS, Minna
Alhaji Ahmed Musa Ibeto who until last Monday was Nigeria’s Ambassador to South Africa, has said that he remains respectful to, and grateful to President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing him an ambassador to represent Nigeria in South Africa and for the confidence he reposed on him as a politician to serve Nigeria in that capacity.
Ibeto put in his resignation letter on Monday as Nigeria’s envoy and returned to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the party he left in the falls of 2014, just before the general elections of the preceding year.
On Tuesday, he traveled to his country home in Ibeto, Magama Local Government Area of Niger State, where he registered at his ward as PDP member, a prerequisite for his bona-fide membership and a yardstick to vie for any position under the flagship of the party.
A long stretch of motorcades of about a thousand vehicles had accompanied Ibeto as he journeyed on the Kontagora to Magama road to register at his country home. The convoy of vehicles caused huge gridlocks on the roads for hours as villagers milled around on the roads to welcome him back to the PDP again.
While speaking in an interview, Ambassador Ibeto said he bears no grudge against anyone, insisting that even former Governor, Dr. Mua’azu Babangida Aliyu, his former boss, remains his leader and one of those he respects.
Ibeto said he was back in the PDP to seek for a platform under which he could actualise his vision to transform Niger state and add value to it’s growth and development.
He added that he has been a thorough bred politician who have grown from the grassroots and played varied active partisan politics and held political and public offices across the boards without any blemish.
He harped on playing politics without bitterness, rancor nor violence just as he stressed that the sad introduction of money politics was a negative development that was capable of ruining democracy, politics and good governance.
Ibeto was between 2007 to 2015 the Deputy Governor of Niger State and had at different times served as Secretary and Chairman of the defunct National Republican Convention, (NRC) and the NCPN and All Nigerian Peoples Party, (ANPP) at different times where he garnered lots of experiences.
He explained that he resigned from his ambassadorial position to return to the PDP again through which he would freely express his political ambition as a free citizen of Nigeria.
He refuted insinuations that there was a quarrel between him and the leadership of the APC in the state or at the national level.
He said his appointment as Nigeria’s envoy to South Africa was a call to service for which he remains grateful to President Muhammadu Buhari and that his relationship with the government in the state was cordial and mutual.
”But that I was appointed Nigeria’s ambassador to South Africa does not preclude my right to aspire to serve my state in any capacity i cherish to”. I’m a free born citizen of Nigeria and have the inalienable right to contest for any pubic office in the country and particularly my state” he asserted.
He therefore, charged citizens in the state to make dispassionate choice of persons who are suitably qualified to hold them in trust and administer the state in the true sense of service and responsibility when the election time comes.