Ahead of the 2019 general election, Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Aisha Alhassan has resigned her position.
Alhassan who was the candidate of the All Progressive Congress in the 2015 governorship election of Taraba state but lost to the Peoples Democratic Party candidate, made her resignation known in a letter to the Presidency; pointing out the need to again join the governorship race.
President Muhammadu Buhari upon receiving the resignation letter, promised to support her candidacy.
The president also urged her to contest on the platform of the All Progressives Congress.
“I have today received your letter notifying me of your intention to contest for the governorship of Taraba State in the 2019 election.
“Let me thank you on behalf of the Federal Executive Council and Nigerians for your services as minister under this administration. I note with passion your past contribution to our great party APC during and after the 2015 elections.
“As you are aware I am totally committed to free and fair elections. Our policy is to support all APC candidates.
“I wish you well in your ambition to be governor of your state. Rest assured that all security agencies as well as INEC will have my full support to conduct free, fair and transparent elections in 2019”, President Buhari said.
Recall that Alhassan last September, threatened not to support Buhari’s second term ambition on the grounds that the president had promised to serve only one term; she vowed to support former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, who then was in the APC but Abubakar later dumped APC for the Peoples Democratic Party where is has shown interest to run for presidency.