By Chibuike Nwabuko
Abuja (Sundiata Post) – President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Minister of State, Industry, Trade and Investment, Hajiya Aisha Abubakar to oversee the Minister of Women Affairs Ministry while she still retains her portfolio.
This is also as the President on Sunday accepted the resignation of the Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs Aisha Alhassan.
Recall that Alhassan tendered her resignation on Saturday following her disqualification from the governorship race of Taraba State by the All Progressives Congress.
Disclosing this on Twitter, the Presidency @NGRpresident tweeted, “President
@MBuhari has accepted the resignation of Senator Aisha Jummai Alhassan as Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development with immediate effect.
“In a letter signed by him today, PMB said, “I have received your letter offering your resignation as a Minister of the Fed. Rep of Nigeria. I accept your resignation with immediate effect. On behalf of the Govt & people of Nigeria,I thank you for your past services to the nation.
“The President has directed that the work of the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development be looked after by Hajiya Aisha Abubakar, the Minister of State, Industry, Trade and Investment. This, also, is with immediate effect.”
Alhassan had revealed her resignation as minister and exit from the APC on Twitter. She tweeted, “Today, the 29th of September 2018, I wish to transmit to the President my decision to resign as the Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and withdraw my membership of the All Progressive Congress (APC),”
In an earlier letter to Buhari, Alhassan said she was resigning from the ruling party because she had been disqualified from running for governor in Taraba State.
“I received with shock and dismay that I was disqualified and not cleared to contest,” Alhassan said in the letter. “No reason was given for my disqualification Sir.”
Mama Taraba has picked the nomination and interest form of United Democratic Party, UDP to vie for governorship office in Taraba state.
Recall that Alhassan was disqualified by her former party, APC, because of her alleged anti party activities. The National Chairman of APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, had said that the former minister was APC in the day and PDP at night.
Recall also that Alhassan had last year endorsed the presidential aspirant for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar.
But in her letter dated 29 September, Alhassan reeled her reasons for quitting APC and resigning her position in Buhari’s cabinet.