NewsExpress advert Yudala banner
I’ll resign if Buhari seeks re-election – Women Affairs Minister

By Emmanuel Aziken on 07/09/2017

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+

Views: 719

•Women Affairs Minister, Senator Aisha Alhassan
•Women Affairs Minister, Senator Aisha Alhassan

Minister of Women Affairs, Senator Aisha Alhassan, has vowed to oppose President Muhammadu Buhari if he shows interest in the 2019 presidential ticket of the All Progressives Congress, APC.

The minister said she would resign and pitch her tent in the camp of Atiku Abubakar, if the President showed interest to contest against Atiku. The Presidency offered no comments on Senator Alhassan’s comments, while the APC said its leadership will meet to react to the issue. The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on its part, said it was a strong vote of no confidence on the President, saying it further underlined the fact that the Buhari government had performed woefully.

The brewing controversy over Mrs. Alhassan’s political inclination arose after a video of her showering encomiums on Atiku as Nigeria’s president in 2019 was leaked online. The video was taken when Mrs. Alhassan led a delegation of political stalwarts on a Sallah visit to the former vice-president, during the recent Sallah holidays in Yola.

In the video, Mrs. Alhassan was heard saying in Hausa: “Your Excellency, our father and our president by the grace of God come 2019. Before you are your people, your supporters for life, the people of Taraba State. They are here to pay homage and to greet you on the occasion of Sallah and for all that Allah has done for you because Allah has raised your status.

“We heard that they are coming to extend their greetings, so we said we have to be part of this, and we all came to you. Chairman of the party, come out chairman; he is our leader because he is the chairman of the party, I was only made leader of the delegation.

“Here are some of the party officials (pointing at them while sitting). Everybody here is asking to be allowed to say something, but I said no, Baba should be left alone, you are tired…”

Mrs. Alhassan did not reply to phone calls to her numbers and did not also respond to a text message on the issue. However, Mr. Paul Ibe, Atiku’s spokesman, confirmed that she was part of a delegation that paid a visit to the former vice-president during the Sallah holidays. He, however, could not confirm what was said during the visit as he claimed he was not present during the visit.

Following the visit to Atiku, Mrs. Alhassan, it was learned, subsequently followed Atiku as part of his delegation as Wazirin Adamawa to pay Sallah homage to the Lamido Adamawa.

Alhassan confirms video, says Atiku is her godfather

Mrs. Alhassan, however, confirmed the video in an interview with the BBC Hausa service. Noting her historic relationship with Atiku, she said: “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 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.

“If because of what I said, I am sacked, it will not bother me because I believe in Allah, that my time has elapsed, that is why…

“Baba is not a mad man like those calling for my sack. They have been saying that if Baba sees this, I will be sacked.”

APC spokesman, Abdullahi, Adesina decline comments

Her assertion shocked the political landscape in Abuja, yesterday, but there were muted reactions from political stakeholders. Presidential spokesman, Mr. Femi Adesina, pressed for a reaction to her statement, said: “No comment.” APC spokesman, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, also did not offer any comments on the development, affirming that he would have to consult with the party leadership on the issue.

It’s a vote of no confidence — PDP

However, PDP spokesman, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, said:  “That is a vote of no confidence in the government and that shows you that the woman knows that the President has not done enough to fulfil the mandate given to him by Nigerians.

“She knows that the President has, most of the time, been an absentee President and the government has performed woefully, and this is therefore, a vote of no confidence in the government by a member of that government. It shows that there is no reason any Nigerian should support Buhari. The government has failed woefully.”

Mrs. Alhassan was the APC governorship candidate in the 2015 elections in Taraba State and lost after a stiff challenge to the PDP’s Darius Ishaku. The Court of Appeal momentarily upturned the election in her favour, but she lost the battle at the Supreme Court.

Atiku has quietly been building up campaign structure across the country for a possible presidential bid in 2019. In 2007, he was the candidate of Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN. In 2011 he made another bid but failed to get the ticket of the PDP and in 2015, he made yet another abortive bid for the presidential ticket of the APC. (Vanguard)

Source News Express

Posted 07/09/2017 12:54:48 PM

 

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+


 

CLASSIFIED ADS

Let us build the most comprehensive online database of worthy and credible Nigerians from all walks of life. It is worth doing!

Loss Off Your Belly Fats, Upper Arm Fat and Body Fats In 2weeks Time.. Click HERE To Start Now!

 

You may also like...
Constitution amendment: Speakers' Conference lauds NASS

Troops rescue 80-year-old man from Boko Haram, destroy...

UTME: Proprietors of delisted CBT centres under investigation,...

Blueprint on affordable housing under way - Perm...

Chevron Rig Explosion: Bayelsa communities seek redress in...

Breaking News: Top clergyman kidnapped near Obasanjo Farms...

Fuel Scarcity: Independent Marketers blame NNPC for inflated...

8,000 corps members to be used for Anambra...

Ambode assures Lagosians of equity, justice for all...

Magu vows to sustain war against corruption

INEC finally decides, fixes Nov. 30 for Anambra...

Presidency replies Saraki, says ‘No Government within Government’...

 

Latest News BREAKING NEWS: Famous Evangelist Billy Graham is dead Northern Senators’ Forum sacks Ex-Governor Adamu as Chairman 94 students reported missing after Boko Haram attack on Government Girls Secondary School in Yobe Nigerian bank investors lose N100bn in 2 days How I almost died after giving birth to my daughter — Serena Williams Protests in Ebonyi as gunmen kill ex-Speaker during political rally N650bn debt: DAPPMA gives FG 14-day ultimatum 10 senators face sanctions over elections order We’ll destroy Tel Aviv and kill Israeli Prime Minister if attacked — Iran Senate condemns drug abuse among Nigerian youths •Asks FG to establish rehabilitation centres across the country RRS smashes 6-man criminal syndicate Okonjo-Iweala appointed into Commonwealth high-level group

 

Most Read Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (325,787 views) NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (317,372 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (254,024 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (208,431 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (194,490 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (187,349 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (162,908 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (146,231 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (140,162 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (129,239 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (127,774 views) Gunmen kill ASP, 2 other police officers in vain bid to kidnap Rivers PDP chieftain (122,928 views)

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (34) Business (2,897) Business Verdict (33) Columnists (803) Complaints & Requests (94) Enterprise & Opportunities (203) Entertainment (446) Features (549) Global Business Monitor (226) International (1,799) Interviews (143) Live Commentary (28) Love Matters (105) News (32,998) Opinion (883) Pidgin (10) Politics (4,510) Religion (681) Sports (1,438) Stock Watch (28) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

 

Football president George Weah puts Liberian army to the test

 

APO Group Partner

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

Let us build the most comprehensive online database of worthy and credible Nigerians from all walks of life. It is worth doing!

Loss Off Your Belly Fats, Upper Arm Fat and Body Fats In 2weeks Time.. Click HERE To Start Now!

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera

Advertisement