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Buhari’s Minister Openly Endorse Atiku for 2019

The minister of women affairs, Aisha Jumai Alhassan, was recently seen on camera declaring her support for former vice president, Atiku Abubakar’s 2019 presidential ambition. Alhassan, who lost the Taraba state governorship race to Darius Ishaku in 2015, was appointed to President Buhari’s cabinet in the same year.

She disclosed that her decision was predicated on the fact that the former vice president is her godfather, and stated that she would support him even if President Buhari decides to recontest in 2019.

She stated that Buhari is an understanding man and would understand her reasons, but also stressed that she would not be bothered if she is sacked because of her decision.

Speaking to the BBC Hausa service, the minister said:

“Atiku is my godfather even before I joined politics. “And again, Baba Buhari did not tell us that he is going to run in 2019. “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. If Atiku said he is going to contest.” She stated further: “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.”

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