By Danjuma Aliyu
Senator Aisha Jummai Al-Hassan has granted her first interview since the shocking video of her supporting Atiku Abubakar was leaked on the internet.
Defending her decision to back the former Vice President over President Muhammadu Buhari many months before the 2019 elections, Senator Al-Hassan, a former Governorship candidate in Taraba state, said: “Atiku is my godfather even before I joined politics.”
The video released by news website, dailynigerian.com, shows Senator Al-Hassan pilling praises on Atiku, who she called “father and our president by the grace of God come 2019”
In Hausa, she said: “Before you are your people, your supporters for life, the people of Taraba State. They are here to show our homage and to greet you on the occasion of Sallah and for all that Allah has done to you because Allah has raised your status.”
Many Nigerians lambasted her over her decision to campaign even before the end of the current administration, and some are calling for her to be sacked when the President makes a reshuffle of his cabinet.
In an interview with BBC Hausa, The Women’s Affairs Minister popularly known as Mama Taraba said: “Let me tell you today that if Baba said he is going to contest in 2019, I swear to Allah, I will go before him and kneel and tell him that ‘Baba I am grateful for the opportunity you gave me to serve your government as a minister but Baba just like you know I will support only Atiku because he is my godfather.”
However, it is not yet certain if the Waziri of Adamawa will contest in 2019. The last time he did in 2014, he was defeated at the primaries by President Buhari.
After wining the ticket for the All Progressives Congress, APC, President Buhari went on to unseat an incumbent President – the first in Nigerian history.
Senator Al-Hassan said she hopes “he is going to contest, but he never told us that he is going to contest. But if he said he is going to contest I will surely do what I told you I will do.
“If because of what I said, I am sacked, it will not bother me because I believe in Allah, that my time has elapsed that is why!
“Baba is not a mad man like those calling for my sack. They have been sending it and spreading that if Baba sees this I will be sacked.”