I did not quit Buhari's cabinet – Mama Taraba
From Fatima Bukar, Abuja
The minister of women affairs and social development, Aisha Alhassan, has reiterated her unflinching loyalty to the Muhammadu Buhari led administration, saying that she remains a member of the federal executive council.
The minister who made the disclosure to newsmen noted that her letter notifying the president of her intention to contest Taraba guber election was misconstrued, adding that the letter was not signifying that she resigned from the cabinet.
She added that in deference to the constitution, she will duly resign in December, to meet the extant electoral provisions which compels a candidate to resign at least 30 days before election.
She debunks insinuations making the rounds that she fell out with president Buhari as blatant lies insisting that she is still Buhari’s minister.
Speculations about Aisha’s resignation became viral following a widely circulated letter signed by president Buhari was sighted on the internet.
Buhari has in the letter acknowledged the receipt of an earlier letter of intent by the minister signifying her intention to contest Taraba guber polls.
The letter reads; “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.”