Women Affairs Minister, Aisha Alhassan became the second minister to quit the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari – in what is seen as a setback for the President as he begins his push for a 2nd term in 2019 elections – because of her disqualification from the Governorship race in Taraba State.
Aisha Alhassan’s departure comes after Kemi Adeosun stepped down over allegations of forging her NYSC certificate.
Meanwhile, Senator Alhassan has picked the gubernatorial nomination form of the United Democratic Party (UDP) for Taraba State.
Al-hassan, who was disqualified from seeking the APC ticket, alleged that she was dropped by the National Chairman of the APC, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole.
She disclosed that said she was moving to the UDP along with all the executives of APC in the state, local government and ward levels in the state as well as other aspirants on the platform of the party. The former minister claimed that she left the APC with thousands of her supporters, adding that many aspirants seeking the APC ticket to contest various offices in 2019 would soon pick UDP nominations forms.
She also made it clear that she was disqualified by the chairman of the party and not the screening committee. According to her, it was personal.
“But, I have put that behind me. I have moved to the UDP and will seek its ticket to contest the governorship election.”
Alhassan said she would back former vice-president Atiku Abubakar – who she called her ‘mentor’ – for the presidency at the next election in 2019 rather than the incumbent.
Former vice-president Abubakar hopes to be the presidential candidate for the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP), which is set to hold presidential primaries later in October.
Nigerian politics is largely dependent on patronage, with little to separate the main parties other than personalities.