- Minister of women affairs, Aisha Al-Hassan, has resigned from President Muhammadu Buhari's cabinet
- She equally dumped the ruling APC
- Mama Taraba had last year pledged her loyalty to the former vice president Atiku Abubakar despite serving under Buhari's government
Minister of women affairs, Aisha Al-Hassan, popularly called Mama Taraba, has resigned from President Muhammadu Buhari's cabinet two days after she was screened out by the All Progressive Congress (APC)'s governorship screening committee.
Legit.ng reports that she made this known on Saturday, September 29, in a letter addressed to President Muhammadu Buhari.
She equally withdrew her membership from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
The letter read in part: "I purchased the nomination form, completed and submitted it, and I also presented myself for the party's screening last week Thursday, September 20. To my dismay and disappointment, I was disqualified and declared 'not cleared' by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party on Thursday, September 27.
"Please, note that no reason was given for my resignation to contest under APC. I feel I was unfairly treated by the National Working Committee (NWC) of APC and grave injustice done to me by that action."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, said that the party had to disqualify the minister of communication, Adebayo Shittu and his women affairs counterpart, Aisha Al-Hassan, in order to protect the party’s core values.
Oshiomhole said the party’s governorship screening committee was not convinced with explanations offered by Shittu that his service as lawmaker in the Oyo state assembly and minister was equivalent to the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme.
According to him, Nigeria’s laws were clear on the issue of the NYSC. As for the minister of women affairs, Aisha Al-Hassan, he said she was disqualified because the party was not convinced about her loyalty.
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Oshiomhole had said: “As for the honourable minister of women affairs, she has 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.
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