2019: APC reacts to Buhari’s minister’s support for Atiku

Atiku Abubakar and Muhammadu Buhari at the installation of House Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal as Mutawallen Sokoto
Atiku Abubakar and Muhammadu Buhari at the installation of House Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal as Mutawallen Sokoto

The Deputy National Chairman of the APC, Segun Oni, has provided what appears a first formal reaction of the party to the stance of a serving minister declaring support for another presidential candidate in 2019.

The Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Aisha Alhassan, shocked many Nigerians when a video surfaced on Tuesday showing the minister as declaring support for a former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, for the 2019 presidential election.

PREMIUM TIMES reported how in a separate interview with the BBC Hausa service, the minister said she would support Mr. Abubakar even if President Muhammadu Buhari chooses to run.

The statement by Mrs. Alhassan, who described Mr. Abubakar as her godfather, has drawn mixed reactions from Nigerians.

In his reaction, Mr. Oni expressed shock over the decision.

The News Agency of Nigeria quoted Mr. Oni as speaking at the Makurdi airport in Benue State,
“I am surprised that it happened in the first instance, but that is for the President and the party to talk about it at the appropriate time,” he said.

When PREMIUM TIMES sought the reaction of the official APC spokesperson, Bolaji Abdullahi, he said, “We have no comment at this time.”

Mr. Alhassan, who also said President Buhari had said he would not contest in 2019, was at the presidential villa on Thursday, where she told journalists that she stood by her statements.

The minister confirmed to journalists that she did not see the president with presidency sources saying she had a meeting with Mr. Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari.


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  • Sam

    I commend the woman. She came out clean.

    Most of these useless APC stalwarts are planning evil behind the scene and they will make Buhari believe they are for him.

    Tell Buhari the truth and let him know where he stands.

    • PolyGon2013

      And she will be more commended if she resigns now. It is time for her to leave the administration. She is not doing anything now anyway.

      • Eluba Inas

        Totally agree. There is no point for her to remain unless she wants to sabotage this government. She can go and campaign for her god-father and if and when he wins then she can come and work.

  • Kim Un

    Buhari is a man of integrity. If he truly said he would run for a term, then believe him. He will not be like a dishonest Goodluck Ebele Jonathan who changed his mind and shifted the goal post mid-way to run for a second term.

    However,Buhari integrity isn’t 100%. Buhari had announced to the Nigerian people that he wouldn’t contest presidential election again after 3 failed attempts but he eventually contested and won the 2015 presidential election. And that’s contrary to his earlier position.

    Is Buhari constitutionally allowed to run for the office of the president twice? Yes. Then he’s free to run for a second term in 2019 if he and his party so decide.

    • Musanga

      Read your post again. Maybe the word integrity has lost it meaning. I wish Buhari is well enough to run till 2023 so that the veil would off some faces by force for good.

      • Kim un

        It will be a grave mistake for Buhari not to run in 2019. The question Buhari should ask himself is,If Obj or Atiku were in power, would he not run for a second term? Obj ,I know, wanted a third term,not a second term ooO!. He (Obj) manipulated and bribed the Senate and the House of Representatives to allow him do a third term without a success. Thereafter,Obj chose to become the worst critic of his predecessors (Yar’dua and GEJ). He literally brought down GEJ with terrible open letters and uncouth verbal attacks. Buhari,run. Ok?

    • sab

      I assume you are being sarcastic here, otherwise, you have raped knowledge if you say Buhari is a man of integrity who does not go back on his words yet you still recalled when he vowed never to contest again after three failed attempts. Yet he did not keep that promise only to contest again in 2015. Where then is his integrity? Its a monumental shame that in an attempt to dress ypur hero in a borrowed robe you succeeded in dressing him in rags inside the market.

      • Kim un

        I was just objective and truthful at the same time.

    • PolyGon2013

      ….And may the best person win.

  • Angry Niaja

    “Mr. Alhassan, who also said President Buhari had said he would not contest in 2019, was at the presidential villa on Thursday, where she told journalists that she stood by her statements.”.

    Premium Times, you guys should always proof read before putting out your stories, haba, is the Minister a he or a she, these are very basic English tenses, why would you make such mistakes, it’s not good enough. Shows the level of education of your staff.

    • PolyGon2013

      It could be a typo error my friend. Your correction is noted though.

    • Julius

      Should that be your main concern about the main subject ? C’on , be serious.

  • thusspokez

    I think that she is bored with her job and looking for a way out. But you would expect a smarter politician to resign before switching their allegiance to some other politician who may or may not even get his party nomination.

    Further, her performance record at the ministry is zero and it can’t be a good example to Nigeria women to see someone like her revelling in naivety and subservience to men.

    • sab

      She is not bored of anything. She knows this govt more than us who are outside. After all, even the President’s wife first raised alarm and never denied her position. Or could she also be bored of her marriage and position? Let us face reality. If mrs Alhassan had been in another party or govt, would you not have hailed decision and courage? Let us do away with this blind support and followership.

      • thusspokez

        If mrs Alhassan had been in another party or govt, would you not have hailed decision and courage?

        You have inadvertently answered your own question.

        She is not in another party, and she is a minister in the government too. She can’t openly display her disloyalty to the government which she is part of.

        • PolyGon2013

          It is called insubordination. If she is bored with the job, she can resign. Then, that would be called bravery. She is undermining her employer. It is time for her to go.

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            It is rather patriotic to disown a bad leader.

          • Thedream

            To what extend has she participated in her capacity as minister of women affairs. It would have been more hounorable if she is complaining about the present administration and use it as a point of surporting Atiku in the 2019 rather than telling us trash that she would surport him because he is her Godfather. What kind of example is she laying down for the younger feminine politicians?

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            She has said her mind, Buhari is a failure , she does not want to be associated with the killings and forced disappearances of the draconian regime, dont you know that legal retribution will follow ?

          • Eluba Inas

            Your coconut head has failed to grasp the issue as usual. She wasn’t talking about any (assumed failure), but rather god-fatherism. Our present predicament has a lot to do with that nonsense politics. It is time you stand up against it for the sake of your children.

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            My children want your dictator dead .

    • Julius

      The best thing for her to do is resign…period . I hope this will not get into wasting everybody’s time. Apply the party rules, sanction her or remove her from her ministry.

    • PolyGon2013

      I totally agree.

    • IBRAHIM DAUDA

      You right, she is not wise.

  • Frank Bassey

    Watch out, she will soon be charged of corruption or false declaration of assets. Just wait.

    • PolyGon2013

      She might as well be. She is not doing anything now anyway. She needs to go.

      • Frank Bassey

        Who is doing something – Raji Fashola? Shittu? Adamu? Name them … Please who is doing something?

  • PolyGon2013

    It is best for her to resign now. She has shown that she doesn’t like the job. This is an executive position, where loyalty is required of any minister. It is like running a company. If any of your employee is not loyal to you, and you knew about it, it is time to let the person go. Besides, she is not doing any job right now, and she cannot be collecting our money for nothing. Don’t anyone call this an act of bravery. It is insubordination. Al-Hassan, please resign.

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      The lady is brave and honest, let Buhari fire her but she has already done the damage ! The dictator is under-performing and sectional, the cabinet members who will remain are his numerous close relatives surrounding him.

      • Julius

        What damage ? She stated her view and she is not trying to back down. Best thing for her is to resign. By the way Tawanda, something like this happens everywhere but the difference is she did not resign 1st. People of clear conscience will resign 1st and then blast the Administration or the President for whatever reasons.

        • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

          Why did Tambuwal not resign when he was undermining Jonathan, The woman should stay put and do her thing.

          • IBRAHIM DAUDA

            Is she elected or appointed? Your hate for the President has damaged your sence of reasoning or lack of knowledge? Educated illiterate.

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            We are talking party loyalty here.

          • Julius

            Why would anybody resign from Jonathan administration when he had no clue of what was going on under him ? Remember he took Oduah to Israel even though she was indicted for fraud. Tell me who ever took him ,,Jonathan seriously .

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            Buhari is an international joke .

          • Julius

            yeah sure, now u can move on getting your own country ready for declaration. Right ?

        • Factsayer

          Remember u supported Tambuwal then. It always comes around

          • Julius

            I supported Tambuwal ?

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            Yes you did.

          • Julius

            lmaooo, post the link/comment.

          • Factsayer

            No, u supported Jonathan. Sorry, I now remember

    • Justice Equity

      To a depraved soul ,truth is bitter.conscience is an open wound and only truth shall heal it.
      I commend this woman for stating the obvious, buhari is a calamitous ineptitude, an epitome of disaster and a terrible plaque on Nigeria.

      • Julius

        Let me ask you a question..Do you think something like this could happen in any other country without that minister resigning her post in the Administration ? She has the right to say what she believe but the president and the party that gave her the ministerial job also has the right to fire her. Period.I think the best thing for her to do is resign.

        • Justice Equity

          Honestly you spoke the truth that buhari have the sole right to hire and fire any of his appointees, that wasn’t the point that I was talking about, mine is the fact that buharis disastrous outing as the president of Nigeria have made even his most adherent of supporters to start regretting the error of judgment that made responsible people to chose an unmistakable calamity. support for alhasan is to the extent that she was woman enough to accept her error of judgment and that she is poised to openly correct the grievous error of judgment on her own part.kudos to her.

          • Julius

            Did she say that she regret voting for Buhari ? C’on bro, don’t put words in her mouth. She stated that she will vote for Atiku and gave the reason why. Maybe I read the whole thing wrong so fell free to correct me. I believe he said something about family considerations and being loyal to the person that supports her political career..right ?

          • PolyGon2013

            She deserved to be fired. Period.

          • Ado

            The woman is not disappointed by PMB’s performance as you want us to believe. The only reason she gave is that she is a blind supporter of Atiku for no any reason than, he is her godfather. With him in contest she can not vote any other person no matter the quality of his program or his honesty and integrity. Finally I think she is entitle to her opinion. At the same time I think her expression is a blessing to us because we do not deserve a person like her as our minister. Somebody who can follow another person just because the person is his godfather regardless of the person quality.

        • Nkem

          “Resign” or “fire her” – which one is appropriate here?

          • Julius

            Resignation will be better but, it makes no difference in Nigeria. She has no need for future resume

    • Julius

      I totally agree ! I’m sure she is smart enough to know the consequences of her actions. Best thing is for her to resign.

      • Ado

        The Buhari I know will not fire Her. Many people see Mr President from the point of view of his competitors not from the point of who he Is. He is very patient, understanding accommodating and respects other people’s right to their own opinion.

    • Nkem

      Now you are getting me really confused. “It is best for her to resign” or “it is time to let her go”. Which one do you have in mind?

      • PolyGon2013

        Don’t get confused. To let her go is for her boss to fire here. However, if she doesn’t want to get fired, she needs to resign. Got it?

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    Only in a 200 million Mumu Zoo would such an under-performing, divisive, blood-thirsty, poorly educated, extremely unwell and undemocratic President expect a second vote from the MUMU ELECTORATE !!

    • Pat

      But he is not a heartless robber that enjoy siphoning public money meant to save lives into his private pocket and pockets of his cronies. Since you’re this good in describing people, can you please give an adjective to qualify and describe Jonathan?

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        Robbers end up in jail, the last time I saw Jonathan, he was enjoying periwinkle and fish pepper soup at Otuoke .

        • Julius

          Don’t forget drinking Sapele water till his eye balls gets red .

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            Well …and so what ?

          • Nkem

            And so that (ogogoro) was the reason we kicked him out of Aso Rock.

        • princegab

          Precursors to jail. Be rest assured that kirikiri is waiting

    • Tunsj

      Tawanda, are you calling Nigerians Mumu Electorate? People voted and President Buhari won. Bless your hateful heart.

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        Yes we are a Mumu nation, where the citizens do not react to bad governance and lack of human rights, where an arrogant President can travel out and spend more than 100 days at our expense without explanation instead he comes back scolding the citizens and unleashing insensitive threats which amount to human rights violations. YES NIGERIA IS A MUMU NATION !!

        • Pat

          Citizens reacted to bad governance during the last presidential elections and they will continue to do so.

    • princegab

      Oga Mumu Tawanda , you lag behind with your mumu. What are doing with old stories? The talk in towm now is about Atiku candidacy for 2019. He seems to be winning.