The ever smiling Senator Aisha Alhassan who last week resigned as Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, no doubt surprised many Nigerians as she picked the gubernatorial nomination form from the United Democratic Party (UDP) to contest for Taraba State Governorship seat come February 2019, many of her followers and admirers believed she was going to join her Political God father Alhaji Atiku Abubakar in the People’s Democratic party, Mama Taraba was actually accused of being APC in the afternoon and PDP at night.
Alhassan, who was disqualified from participating in the APC gubernatorial race by the screening committee, addressing her supporters in her Jalingo residence on Saturday said she was moving to the UDP along with all the executives of APC in the state, local government and ward levels in the state as well as other aspirants on the platform of APC.
Alhassan, who was the gubernatorial candidate of APC in the 2015 general elections, stated that with her defection to UDP, APC is now the weakest party in the state.
Aisha Alhassan Fondly called Mama Taraba by her supporters across the state, accused the National Chairman of APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, of being the mastermind of her disqualification.
“I am now a member of UDP and I have purchased nomination form for governorship of the state under the party’s platform.
“Oshomhole has decided to do his worst but he doesn’t give power, it is God that gives power, so let him wait and see what will happen at the end of the day,” she said.
She however advised President Muhammadu Buhari to call Oshomhole to order saying failure to do so would lead to the death of APC, saying she was unfairly treated by her former party despite being a pioneer member of the party and contributed immensely towards its success. She said she deserved a better treatment.
“My movement to the UDP was a result of my being screened out by the national chairman of APC, Adams Oshiomhole, who decided in his wisdom to say that I was disqualified and not fit to contest for election.
“I was unfairly treated and great injustice was done to me by that action. This is because I am a pioneer member of APC and we conducted the registration of the party because I was in the new PDP when the merger was done.
“I contested election in 2015 in this same APC which i was the gubernatorial flag bearer of the party. I was also screened subsequently as a minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria without any hitches
“To my greatest shock, on Thursday I heard I was not cleared, which I was confident of because when I went for the screening, they only asked for two things, which include my membership card of APC and my PVC which I presented” she concluded.
Would she break the record of being the first female governor in the Northern region of Nigeria? Let’s wait and see.