The national woman leader of the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), Ramatu Aliyu, has stated that the party will not accept the rumoured deputy choice of Yahaya Bello, the Kogi state governor-elect.
There have been strong indications that Kogi Governor elect, Yahaya Bello may pick, Aisha Audu, wife of Late Prince Abubakar Audu as his deputy.
Speaking during an exclusive interview with Naij, Mrs Aliyu said that the party will not accept Aisha because she’s not a member of the party.
She said: ”I will say this categorically because I have always been an APC person and a founding member of the party, we wrote the constitution of the APC. I moved from ANPP as the national leader into the amalgamation that formed the APC, together we got the logo, flag and broom. Aisha Abubakar Audu is not an APC member, we do not know her within the party.
She has never been a part of the APC, she has been in the PDP. If she is joining the party, it has not come to my notice as the number one female in the party, I am not aware.
”As a woman, I would have loved to see a female deputy governor especially from northern Nigeria. I would have supported that, but if we are to consider any female from Kogi state, it would be the likes of Halima Alfa who dared, picked her form, contested the primaries before she stepped down for Abubakar Audu. I believe in due process.
If we pick her, it would become a muslim-muslim ticket and they wont be that balance because they are all muslims. we need a christian from a dominant race to cover the vacuum created by Abubakar Audu’s death.
”They have produced a minister and so it was okay that Yahaya emerged from the central, then deputy from tehe west where Faleke is from. There is nothing wrong in sitting with Faleke again to pacify and plead with him except in a condition where he comes up with a letter to decline totally with the party’s position.
That is when we will begin to think of replacing him with another person. Not for anybody to meet and begin to bribe their way from the villa and national secretariat to be imposed on the people of Kogi state. That is not acceptable. Many have come to my house despite my health condition with various complains. I told them that I have not been officially informed. So we want it to remain as a rumor, and rumor shall it remain.”