Abeokuta, Nigeria. Sept 10th: Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Nigeria’s Ogun state has called on Nigeria’s Women Affairs and Social Development Minister Jummai Alhassan popularly called Mama Taraba to resign over her comments on 2019 presidential election candidacy. This is after Jummai Alhassan confirmed a news report in which she expressed preference to former Vice President Atiku Abubakar against her boss, President Muhammadu Buhari, for the 2019 presidential ticket of Nigeria’s ruling party, the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Governor Ibikunle Amosun, who spoke at a book launch in Abeokuta, on Saturday said although Alhassan was entitled to her opinion, he expected her to have tendered her resignation immediately after the comments. The governor said that Alhassan was entitled to her opinion but that he would have saluted her if she had honourably resigned her appointment because no one could blow both hot and cold at the same time.
“I would have saluted her if she had resigned but falling short of resigning has taken everything away from what she had said. Well, I am not Mr President and I know that at the appropriate time he will review things. For somebody to have come out and say such thing means she might be working against the government and she will not want that government to succeed. That is my own believe although I may be wrong but if I am in her shoes she should have done that and resigned.’’
Amosun expressed doubt if the Minister desired the success of the Buhari led administration since she had declared support for Atiku ahead of the 2019 presidential election.
Photo: Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Nigeria’s Ogun state, Nigeria’s Women Affairs and Social Development Minister Jummai Alhassan popularly called Mama Taraba and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar
He declared that nobody had the right to stop Buhari from contesting for the presidential election in 2019 except he himself decides against on health ground.
“On this 2019, the only thing that can probably prevent Mr. president from contesting is on health ground,” he said.
Amosun who commended Buhari for the great positive changes he had effected in Nigeria, said he was the appropriate person the nation needed when he took over the reins of power.
“If not for this administration of President Muhammad Buhari, only God knows where Nigeria would have been now. Again I am saying it, the only thing that can stop Mr President is on health ground but as we can see today, Mr President is back rejuvenating and very soon it would be clear for everybody to see that Mr president is so well now. I commend the President for his performance on the three cardinal programmes of his administration because he has performed better in the areas of security, economy and the fight against corruption.”
I Support Only Atiku Not Buhari For President 2019. Don’t Care If Am Fired – Women Affairs Minister
Abuja, Nigeria. Sept 6th. Nigeria’s Minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Alhassan, popularly called Mama Taraba, has restated her position that she will support a former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, for the 2019 presidential election even if incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari runs for reelection.
Mrs. Alhassan, in an interview with British Broadcasting in Hausa, stressed that even if President Muhammadu Buhari decides to contest in 2019, she would still support Mr. Atiku Abubakar.
“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.”
Mrs. Alhassan, popularly called Mama Taraba, added that she is not scared of being relieved of her job as minister.
“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.”
A video circulating online has also leaked of Mrs. Alhassan indicating her intention to support and declaring her loyalty to only Mr. Atiku Abubakar in 2019.
Photo: Nigeria’s Minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Alhassan, popularly called Mama Taraba
Although the former Nigeria vice president, Atiku Abubakar, has not publicly declared his intention, he is believed to be strategizing and building a coalition for the 2019 presidential elections.
Incumbent Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari has also not declared if he will run for a second term in spite of his health challenges.