From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna
The former Deputy Governor of Niger State and immediate past ambassador to South Africa, Hon Ahmed Musa Ibeto, has promised to spend one term if elected Governor in 2019 to ensure that zoning arrangement in the state is sacrosanct.
Ibeto gave the clarification during an interview yesterday at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Secretariat in Minna, the Niger State capital, after submitting his letter of intent to contest for the position of the governorship in the forthcoming general elections.
He hinted that it can be suicidal as a politician if he should disrupt the zoning arrangement put in place for fairness and justice, adding that he served as secretary of the zoning arrangement in 1998, hence he promised not to violate the agreement.
He said that his aspiration became necessary because “This is not what we bargained for by voting the APC in Niger State. It was to bring development but we are witnessing a contrary”, he said.
“There is no participatory government where we will have inclusiveness, no popular decision on policies and programme by the current administration and we cannot continue in that manner”, he said.
He lambasted the government of Governor Abubakar Sani Bello for running a family administration that cannot better the lives of ordinary Nigerlites, saying it contravenes the mission and vision of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) as a popular government despite several advice for a redress, yet peoples inputs are not allowed to prevail.
Ibeto further disclosed that his reason to defect to the then APC was to ensure its victory in 2015, arguing that it was obvious due to impunity, lack of level playing field for aspirants and imposition of candidates. He however said the new leadership of the PDP in the state has now renewed efforts for fairness for all aspirants.
He claimed to be the most experienced among other aspirants in the state, haven started from the grassroots politics to his eight years as the Deputy Governor, adding that he will bring to bare his wealth of experience when elected to ensure massive development of Niger State, which he said is currently facing a big challenge.