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There’s nothing like R-APC – Jibril Iman


Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Niger State, Jibril Iman, has said that there is nothing like the new Peoples Democratic Party, nPDP, or the Reformed All Progressives Congress, rAPC, in the party both in the state and national level.

He said this against the backdrop of the splitting of the APC into two different groups.

Iman also revealed the power play that led to the removal of Ahmed Ibeto’s name from President Muhammadu Buhari’s ministerial list at the inception of the administration.

Recall that Ibeto, who was deputy to former Governor Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, defected to the APC and worked against the then ruling PDP, the party platform that brought him into political limelight.

Imam made the clarifications as a guest to the second edition of the ‘Watch House Forum’, an interactive forum organised by the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Niger State council, at the IBB Pen House, Minna.

“There is nothing like the n-PDP in Niger State or anywhere in Nigeria. We also don’t have, what do you call it, R-APC or whatever you call it in Niger State. The APC is one and intact,” Imam said.

The party chairman told journalists how allowing the former deputy governor, who is now Nigeria’s Ambassador to South Africa, to have a ministerial slot could have affected political calculations in the state.

According to him, “Musa Ibeto was dropped to balance Niger State’s political equations. The governor specifically requested that Buhari dropped Ibeto from the ministerial list, so that every zone will benefit equally.”

He also debunked claims that political appointments by the Governor Sani Bello-led administration favoured some local government councils or zones against others in terms of appointment into key positions in the state.

“Except for positions where professional skills are required, every zone and council have equal representation in government appointments,” he said, adding however that there were lopsidedness in appointments, but he was able to get the governor to correct the imbalance.