The Minister of Women Affairs Senator Aisha Alhassan has resigned from the APC-led government of President Muhammadu Buhari.
This is after she was disqualified from running for the Taraba Governorship primaries in the party by the National Working Committee (NWC).
In her letter of resignation, Aisha Alhassan narrated her journey from 2015 when she almost became the first elected female governor in Nigeria and later appointed as Minister of Woman Affairs by President Buhari.
Aisha Alhassan was among those not cleared to run in the APC primaries as released by the party within the week. No reasons were stated like the case of Adebayo Shittu in Oyo State for not having NYSC certificate.
Aisha Alhassan who also is known as Mama Taraba has in the past said that former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar was qualified to run against Buhari in 2019.
This sparked a controversy within the party with comments from people like Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai.
She also submitted a letter of withdrawal from the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Taraba State while returning her membership card.
In the letter, Aisha Alhassan stated that was treated unfairly after paying an Expression of Interest Nomination Form of 22.5 million naira.
For the APC National Working Committee, while citing reasons for disqualification, Adams Oshiomhole said,
“She had issues that have to do with party loyalty. Our constitution is clear and it dictates that to contest elections or even hold office in the APC, you must be loyal to the party in every material concern.
“From all she had said in the past and even her comments and general attitude during the screening, the NWC reviewed everything taken together and we arrived at the conclusion that she does not possess the level of loyalty the APC requires for her to contest elections on our platform.” (Cable Newspaper)
Taraba State, Nigeria is presently under the leadership of Arc. Darius Ishaku of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and has never had a Muslim Governor since the return of democracy in 1999.