Atiku’s loyalist resigns from Buhari’s cabinet, seeks to contest Taraba guber

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Aisha Alhassan
The Minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Alhassan, has resigned from President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet, even as she expressed her intention to contest the Taraba state governorship election in 2019.

Responding to her letter to notify him of her exit from the Federal Executive Council and her ambition, President Muhammadu Buhari told the minister, popularly called Mama Taraba, that it is his administration’s policy to support all candidates of the All Progressives Congress, APC.

The letter
Alhassan was the candidate of the APC in the 2015 governorship election but lost to incumbent Governor Darius Ishaku.
Newsworth recalls that Alhassan, had in an interview with the BBC Hausa Service last September, described former vice president, Atiku Abubakar as her godfather, saying she does not mind losing her job for supporting the Turakin Adamawa.
She said at the time, “Atiku is my godfather even before I joined politics. And again, Baba Buhari did not tell us that he is going to run in 2019.
“Let me tell you today that if Baba (Buhari) said he is going to contest in 2019, I swear to Allah, I will go before him and kneel and tell him that ‘Baba I am grateful for the opportunity you gave me to serve your government as a minister but Baba just like you know I will support only Atiku because he is my godfather. If Atiku says he is going to contest.”
But in Buhari’s response to her request to actualise her governorship ambition, the president thanked her for her efforts, pointing out that he is “totally committed to a free and fair elections” in the country.
The letter dated July 27, 2018 read, “Let me thank you on behalf of the federal executive council and Nigerians for your services as minister under this administration.
“I note with passion your past contributions to APC during and after the 2015 elections.”
“I wish you well in your ambition to be governor of your state. Rest assured that all the security agencies as well as INEC will have my support to conduct free, fair and transparent elections in 2019,” the president added.

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