Inuwa Abdulkadir, the National Vice Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), North-West, in his reaction to the statement issued by Mrs. Aisha Alhassan, the Minister of Women Affairs, who said repeatedly that she would not support President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election in 2019 but would rather support former Vice President Atiku Abubakar because he is her godfather, condemned the Minister’s statement, adding that she was however never a supporter of Buhari.
Mrs. Alhassan had in a leaked video referred to Atiku as Nigeria’s President come 2019. A statement she repeatedly stated even at the Presidential Villa last week and at an interview with BBC Hausa.
The Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, noted that Buhari was warned not to appoint Alhassan as Minister but he refused. He added that it was a known fact that Mrs. Alhassan was not his supporter because she didn’t even vote for Buhari in 2014 during the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Primary election.
The APC Chieftain also criticized Atiku, for saying that the party sidelined him after he had helped it defeat the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and gain power in 2015.
He warned the party leaders, including former VP Atiku to stop issuing “misleading statements aimed at causing division within the party.”
Atiku had in an interview with VOA noted that after the All Progressives Congress used his money and influence to gain power in 2015, the President Muhammadu Buhari’s government abandoned him.
“I was part of all the processes, including campaigns until success was achieved.”
“But sadly, soon after the formation of government; I was side-lined, I have no any relationship with the government, I’ve not been contacted even once to comment on anything and in turn, I maintained my distance. They used our money and influence to get to where they are but three years down the lane, this is where we are.” Atiku said