Senator Alhassan Quits Buhari’s Cabinet Over Governorship Ambition In Taraba
Senator Aisha Alhassan, the Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, has resigned her position in President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet in order to contest the 2019 governorship election in Taraba State.
President Buhari was said to have confirmed the resignation in his acceptance of her notification through a letter conveyed to her dated July 27, but also urged her to contest on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Last September, Alhassan threatened that she would not support Buhari’s second term ambition on the grounds that the president had promised to serve only one term.
She vowed to support former Vice President Atiku Abubakar who was still in the APC.
But Abubakar has since defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Alhassan was the candidate of the APC in the 2015 governorship election and lost to the PDP candidate in Taraba.
But in his acceptance of her resignation letter, Buhari said:
“I have today received your letter notifying me of your intention to contest for the governorship of Taraba State in the 2019 election. 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 contribution to our great party APC during and after the 2015 elections. As you are aware I am totally committed to free and fair elections. Our policy is to support all APC candidates.”
“I wish you well in your ambition to be governor of your state. Rest assured that all security agencies as well as INEC will have my full support to conduct free, fair and transparent elections in 2019.”