Presidency source reveals why Buhari may not sack Alhassan

Presidency source reveals why Buhari may not sack Alhassan

- A Presidency source has revealed why President Muhammadu Buhari may still retain Aisha Alhassan in his cabinet

- Alhassan, who is the minister of women affairs and social development had said that she would support ex-vice president Atiku Abubakar even if Buhari seeks re-election in 2019

- The source said Alhassan won’t be sacked or dropped to stop her from alleging that an injustice is done to her

President Muhammadu Buhari may not sack minister of women affairs Aisha Alhassan despite calls for her to get the push following her comments, a source said on Sunday September 10.

The Nation reports that Senator Alhassan shocked many when she said she would not support Buhari, should he decide to run in 2019. Her loyalty, she said, is to former Vice President Atiku Abuabakar.

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The minister was alleged to have visited Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) national caretaker chairman; lambasted the administration during a session at the national secretariat of the All Progressives Congress (APC); and the Sallah homage to ex-Vice President Atiku Abubakar in Yola.

A member of the President’s kitchen cabinet, who spoke in confidence, said Buhari knew Senator Alhassan as a die-hard Atiku loyalist before appointing her as a minister.

The source said: “Buhari is not going to sack or dismiss her. The attitude in the Presidency is to let her go on her own if she has 100 per cent loyalty to ex-vice President Atiku Abubakar.

“Some of you may not know that this is not the first time the minister has attacked the President and his administration.

“Aisha’s loyalty to Atiku is not new to the government. She has been with him all along as well as during the presidential primaries. It is nothing new.

“And for Aisha to say that she was appointed a minister on the basis of her strength is false. The President appointed her on the basis of his conviction despite her loyalty to Atiku. Even the near miss she had with the governorship election in Taraba state was because of Buhari. Without Buhari’s popularity, she would not have garnered votes as much as she did.

“They are making noise now in order to draw out the President. She won’t be sacked or dropped because she will now make noise as if an injustice has been meted out to her.”

The source added: “Certainly, the presidency will take up issues with the minister and her godfather.”

Another source said some of the President’s strategist met at the weekend and opposed Sen. Alhassan’s sack.

The “strategists” met in Abuja and concluded that taking action against the minister might cause distractions for the administration.

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“We want her to remain in government and exercise her freedom of expression to the fullest. No one will tamper with her rights and privileges. We need to learn from the past.

“We also want to demonstrate that there can be opposition in a government without any consequences. This is the essence of democracy,” the source said.

Meanwhile, had previously reported that the national working committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) asked the minister of women Affairs, Aisha Alhassan to honourably resign over her scathing remarks on President Muhammadu Buhari.

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