👤 By Abdul Tukur
ABUJA — Aisha Alhassan has resigned her position as the minister of women affairs in order to contest the Taraba state governorship election in 2019.
Hajiya Alhassan, popularly known as Mama Taraba fought for the seat in 2015, but lost to Darius Dickson Ishaku, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
The Minister who raised eyebrows when she said she would support Atiku Abubakar, a former Vice-President who is hoping to cling the Presidential ticket on the PDP platform, over the President in 2019, has become the second minister to abandon the cabinet to join the Governorship race in their state.
The Minister of Solid Minerals Development Kayode Fayemi resigned his position to contest the Ekiti Gubernatorial elections, which he won.
In her letter to President Buhari, Hajiya Alhassan confirmed that she was planning to achieve her Governorship ambition on the platform of the APC.
Her departure comes days after the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and many other notable lawmakers left the All Progressives Congress, APC to join the PDP.
“Let me thank you on behalf of the federal executive council and Nigerians for your services as minister under this administration,” President Buhari said in a reply dated July 27, 2018.
The 75-year-old President who is also seeking a second term notes “with passion your past contributions to APC during and after the 2015 elections.
READ ALSO : General Election 2019 : Buhari Failed To Perform, Shouldn’t Seek Re-election – OBJ
“I wish you well in your ambition to be governor of your state. Rest assured that all the security agencies as well as INEC will have my support to conduct free, fair and transparent elections in 2019.”