Uneasy Calm in Niger…


Over Deputy Gov Ibeto’s move to dump PDP for APC

By Maryam Musa

He has been loyal to his Boss, Gov. (Muazu Babangida Aliyu), standing beside him during tough political crisis. He stood firm for the dispensation to be successful and now he wants the seat of his Boss in the forthcoming 2015 general elections. What is the reality of his aspiration? Is it an arranged political treachery or wanton gimmicks of power play?


The Niger State Deputy Governor, Mal. Ahmed Musa Ibeto, last week reportedly sent a confidential delegation to Gov. Muazu Aliyu to ask for his support and recommendation towards the 2015 gubernatorial aspiration of his deputy. But from the outcome of the visit, the chief servant has already made up his mind completely in the Umar Nasko gubernatorial agenda. The soar result of the visit has left some unanswered questions in the mind and political calculations of Alh. Musa Ibeto over the possibilities and success of his gubernatorial bid under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).


From every calculation and political sign, Umar Nasko is going to win the ticket and will be the PDP gubernatorial flagbearer in Niger State. What makes this sign thick and stable are the way and manner the Chief servant has been managing the political stage for the young man. From crowd to the level of resources expended in the campaign, it has appeared that some big names are working tirelessly but underground.

One of the problems opposition parties do face in Niger State is the ability of the party to present a worthy and influential candidate that will give tough challenge to the incumbent political structure. Since 1999 the only serious aspirants the opposition has produced are Barr. David Umaru (ANPP) and Alh. Musa Ladan (AC). Even in the forthcoming 2015 elections the opposition party is yet to get a serious candidate who will stand firm and proactive in taking over the government house from the ruling party (PDP).

The sky is still cloudy for Deputy Governor Musa Ibeto under the PDP, the APC under the current political drama has extended a clarion call for its Deputy Governor to decamp from PDP and contest for the governor of Niger State under the progressive party. This will be a serious challenge for the PDP in Niger State.

In a closed door meeting with the Executive Council members of the APC in Niger State, the Deputy Governor was made to understand that if he agrees to join APC he will be made the flagbearer of the party in the forthcoming Guber polls. The deputy governor was happy with the offer and he has been making consultation across the state, talking to political stakeholders on the APC agenda.

Shifting to APC the deputy governor might have little support from the cabinet members; one key political force that will support his gubernatorial bid is the commissioner for Works, Alh. Muhammed Bawa Rijou, who was initially anointed by  Governor Muazu Aliyu to contest for governor 2015, but was later forced to drop the aspiration for Umar Nasko. The gimmicks here is Muazu Bawa Rijou will support Musa Ibeto but will not leave for the APC with him.

Ahmed Musa Ibeto (Santurakin Kontagora) was born on January 15, 1959 at Ibeto headquarters of Ibelu District of Kontagora Emirate in Niger State. His educational career started when he enrolled at LEA Primary School, Ibeto, in 1966. From 1973 to 1977, the academically ambitious Ahmed was at the government Secondary School, Rijau. Hon. Ahmed’s desire and determination for qualitative education took him to Zungeru College of Advanced Studies (ZUCAS), Bida from 1979 to 1980.   From 1980 to 1985, he was at the famous Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History. He started his working career from 1977 to 1978 as a classroom teacher, immediately after leaving secondary school.

He had a stint as a Clerical Officer with the Federal College of Education (FCE), Kontagora, from 1978 to 1979. He served as the NYSC Liaison Officer, Yagba, FCT Abuja, from 1985 to 1986, during his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) programme.   He was elected Chairman of the then Magama Local Government under the zero party system. He was the State Chairman of the National Republican Convention (NRC) Party in 1990 and later elected as the State Secretary of the National Republican Convention from 1990 to 1992. Also, he was the State Secretary of the defunct United Nigeria Centre Party (UNCP), as well as that of the All Nigeria Peoples’ Party (ANPP) between the years of 1995 to 1996 and 1998 to 1999 respectively.   Hon. Ahmed Musa Ibeto was from 1999 to 2003 appointed Senior Special Assistant on Protocol Matters to the immediate past Governor. He contested and won election into the Federal House of Representatives in 2003 under the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and served as the Deputy Chairman, House Committee on Power and later Chairman, House Committee on States and Local Governments. A recipient of many awards and laurels, he was awarded a Doctorate Degree (HonorisCausa) in Administration by California University (USA) in conjunction with the Institute of Journalism, Enugu, in 2003.

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