Buhari’s minister, known as Mama Taraba, resigns, dumps ruling APC as many foresee election doom for embattled President Updated for 2021


Updated: March 4, 2021

Nigerian Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Senator Aisha Alhassan, also known as Mama Taraba, has resigned from President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet and from the ruling All Progressives Congress, she announced in a statement on Saturday.

Alhassan said she was resigning following her sudden disqualification by the APC National Working Committee to contest the 2019 Taraba state governorship election.

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Aisha Alhassan was the governorship candidate of the APC in the 2015 election in Taraba.

The News Agency of Nigeria reported that she was the only one disqualified by the NWC out of 12 aspirants slated to run in the primaries scheduled for tomorrow.

“If I am not good enough to contest elections in the APC, then I feel I am not also qualified to remain a minister in the APC government,” she said in a statement published by various Nigerian outlets. 

She thanked the president, her ward executives and other members of the party for the opportunity given her to serve.

Read her letter to President Buhari and also her letter to the APC. We must warn that her letter to the president starts with a typo: ‘resignition’ instead of resignation:

Aisha Alhassan’s resignation letter
Aisha Alhassan’s letter 
Aisha Alhassan’s letter 
Aisha Alhassan’s Letter to APC
Aisha Alhassan’s letter to APC 

According  to The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), “Aisha Alhassan may however have incurred the wrath of the party when she declared in a BBC Hausa Service report last year September that she would support former vice-president Atiku Abubakar for the presidency, instead of President Buhari”.

She said her choice of Abubakar was predicated on the fact that the former Vice President is her “godfather.”

Abubakar is now a presidential aspirant, among a dozen other aspirants in the Peoples Democratic Party.

“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 said he is going to contest.”

On the possibility of losing her job for rooting for Abubakar in 2019, Alhassan said, “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 sending it and spreading that if Baba sees this I will be sacked.”

However, Buhari declined to sack her for the statement and she also reportedly went to beg the president to retain her job.

The remaining aspirants in the Taraba governorship race:

H.E. Sani Abubakar Danladi . Cleared

2.Sen. Joel Danlami Ikenya Cleared

3.Garba Umar-UTC Cleared

4.Prof. Mohammed Sanni Yahaya Cleared

5.Comrade Bobboi Bala Kaigama Cleared

6..Aliyu Omar, MON Cleared

7.Chief Ezekiel Afunkuyo Cleared

8.Chief David Sabo Kente Cleared

9.Mohammed Tumba Ibrahim Cleared

10.Barr. Kabiru Umaru, Esq. Cleared

11.Aliyu Omar, MON Cleared.


Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com


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