The Nigerian Ambassador to South Africa, Ahmed Ibeto, has resigned.
Mr Ibeto also announced that he has ditched the ruling All Progressives Congress, and had crossed over to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party.
Punch reports that Ibeto arrived Nigeria from Pretoria on Sunday and on Monday morning, he handed over his letter of resignation at the Ministry of External Affairs.
A deputy governor of Niger State on the platform of PDP, Ibeto was reportedly received by over 1,000 supporters on his way to his hometown of Ibeto in Magama Local Government Area of the state.
Sources say that the ex-ambassador would first resign his membership of the APC and assume PDP membership in a bid to contest the 2019 gubernatorial election.
Ibeto had resigned his membership of the PDP along with thousands of his supporters after he lost the primary election of the party in November 2014 to Umar Nasko, a former Chief of Staff to ex-governor Babangida Aliyu.