Ibeto remains deputy gov, says Aliyu

NIGER State Governor, Dr. Muazu Babangida Aliyu, has reacted to the defection of his deputy Alhaji Ahmed Musa Ibeto to the All Progressives Congress (APC), saying that he remains the deputy governor of the state, just as he insisted that his defection would have no impact in the chances of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) winning the forthcoming election.

   Ibeto, on Monday announced his decision to join the APC, stating injustice and lack of fairness as his reason for dumping the PDP.

   The deputy governor immediately after announcing his defection joined the APC at the presidential rally addressed by the presidential candidate of the party, General Mohammadu Buhari.

   He also claimed that his defection was informed by the refusal of the National Working Committee to entertain his petition after the governorship primary election, which he lost to former Chief of Staff to the Governor, Alhaji Umar Mohammed Nasko.

   Aliyu, while reacting to Ibeto’s defection in Minna on Tuesday shortly after collecting his Permanent Voters Card (PVC) told newsmen that Ibeto, despite his defection remains the deputy governor of the state and will continue to enjoy all rights and privileges due to his office till May 29, 2015.

   According to the governor, Ibeto reserves the right to determine who and what groups he wants to belong to, so his defection does not make any difference, adding that, “Everybody has the right to decide which group to belong to. He is the deputy governor, he will continue to enjoy all rights and privileges of his office.”

   Aliyu, after collecting his voter’s card urged the people of the state to ensure they receive their voter’s cards, which he said is the only instrument that can enable them to vote during the elections.

   “I want to urge all eligible voters to go and collect their voters cards. This is the only way you can vote, if you don’t vote you have cheated yourself.”

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