- Minister denies quitting cabinet
Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Aisha Jummai Alhassan, says she is not distracted by rumours but busy mobilizing support for President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of the 2019 general elections.
This is as the Minister, popularly called ‘Mama Taraba’, debunked speculations making rounds about her resignation from the Federal Executive Council (FEC).
Alhassan, who maintained that her focus currently is to deliver on the task Mr President gave her as Women Affairs and Social Development Minister, said; “I am also helping in mobilising support for him and the APC for the 2019 election.”
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) quoted Hajiya Alhassan as denying rumours of her resignation from the federal cabinet in a telephone interview, saying; “Contrary to insinuations, especially in the social media, I only sought for permission from President Muhammdu Buhari to begin consultations.
“This is preparatory to my seeking nomination from our great party the All Progressive Congress (APC) to contest for the office of the governor of Taraba state in 2019, which he has graciously accepted.”
The Minister further stated that; “The letter in circulation in the social media does not in any way mean or suggest resignation”, adding; “The letter is straight forward and unambiguous.”
She however urged all APC’s supporters, loyal party men and women in Taraba to disregard the rumour of her resignation from President Buhari’s cabinet.
According to her, “When the time comes for me to resign I will do so in accordance with the laid down procedure and regulations.”
In September 2017, the Minister was caught in a trending video declaring her support for an Atiku Abubakar presidency come 2019, insisting that Nigeria’s former Vice President is her godfather and she would support him even if President Buhari decides to re-contest.
Describing the President as an understanding man, who would appreciate her position, Hajiya Alhassan had then declared that she would be unperturbed if the stand cost her the ministerial position.