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. A member of the NWC and national vice chairman, northwest zone, Inuwa Abdukadir, called for the resignation of the minister on Friday, September 8, in Abuja, when speaking with journalists, The Sun reports. Abdukadir also attacked former vice president Atiku Abubakar, describing him as a liar and blackmailer. The party chieftain described Atiku’s recent comments about President Buhari and the party as misleading. The call for Alhassan’s resignation is sequel to the emergence of a video footage of her allegedly pledging to support the presidential ambition of Atiku Abubakar. This was followed by an interview she granted the BBC Hausa service where she said that even if President Muhammadu Buhari decides to re-contest in 2019, she would still support Atiku. The minister was reported to have told the BBC that the former vice president is her ‘godfather’, and that is why she supports him.
She was also reported to have said that President Buhari declared in 2015 that he would do only one term. Meanwhile, the APC is in a state of uncertainty following the comment by the minister of women affairs, Aisha Alhassan on President Muhammadu Buhari’s undeclared plan to run in 2019. Some APC chieftains who reacted to her statement have expressed surprised over the issue. A party leader who spoke to the Nation Newspaper on Thursday, September 7, described the minister’s comments as rattling. “The remarks rattled us. It is totally unexpected. But it is her view, not a collective opinion,” the party leader whose identity was not disclosed said. Another chieftain of the APC in Bayelsa state, Preye Aganaba, faulted the minister for making such comments in public. He said: “She has a right to her choice but I think she is not being fair. If she wants to make such public statement as a serving minister, she should resign her appointment.”