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2019: Alhassan, Buhari And Atiku; The Disloyalty of A Truthful Servant

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Nigeria News take a look at the statement credited to Buhari’s minister, Aisha Alhassan and its implication on 2019 presidential poll


The Minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Alhassan threw a bombshell midweek that put a question mark to her loyalty to President Muhammadu Buhari.


She led a delegation of politicians from Taraba State to the residence of the former Vice President Atiku Abubakar on a Sallah visit where she threw her weight behind Abubakar’s presidential ambition in 2019.


She described Abubakar as her godfather and the awaiting president, adding that she would resign from Buhari’s cabinet if the president signifies any intention to run for the second term in 2019. The video of the courtesy visit and the minister’s comment went viral across social media.


Alhassan had not hidden her love for the Peoples Democratic Party PDP where she decamped to the All Progressives Party, APC for once and this was revealed in her visit to the Chairman of PDP National Caretaker Committee, Ahmed Makarfi a few months ago.


During her visit to the PDP secretariat, Alhassan said she had only visited to sensitize political parties about the need to push up more women for elective position.


In his comment, Makarfi stated that he was proud of Alhassan for her performance in the APC ruling party, adding that the minister’s role had shown the capability of PDP in her.


As a matter of fact, Alhassan’s visit to PDP looked much like a congratulatory call on Makarfi’s victory over his rival and former Chairman of PDP, Ali Modu-Sheriff.


Findings showed that Alhassan was in Atiku Abubakar’s group during the APC presidential primary in 2014 but unfortunately for her, the godfather lost the election to Buhari.


She was appointed minister in Buhari’s cabinet despite her allegiance to Abubakar but since she got to the position, Alhassan had been a prominent member of the cabals.


Twice the ruling party had accused her of perfidy and could be sacked from the Federal Executive Council.


Perhaps, she had a hint of cabinet reshuffle, Alhassan threw caution to the wind as she quickly pitched her tent with Abubakar, which to her is the top candidate that can occupy Aso Rock in 2019.


Alhassan’s daring comment may sound perfidious, it is the hand of Esau and the voice of Jacob. It echoes the minds of some members of Buhari’s government who are of the view that the president’s dicey health may not be good enough for him to run in 2019.


Buhari has spent much of his first two years in hospital treating an undisclosed ailment, which of course has slowed down governance. Nigerians had endured him, prayed for his quick recovery and refused to query impunity in government even when it is obvious that many things are wrong with the country.

Alhassan spoke boldly and was ready for the consequence. There are many Alhassans in Buhari’s cabinet that have refused to speak up even when they know that things are not happening as planned.


But the fact that they do not want to carry the appellation of disloyalty to the president, the other cabals have remained silent.


There are those who equally have the presidential ambition but are waiting for Buhari to declare his intention for 2019.


It is not a lie that the Senate President Bukola Saraki wishes to rule the country but he is waiting for the right time to declare his interest. The political maneuver is becoming interesting by the day and may lead to the breaking up of the ruling party due to many interests.


At present, the party spokesman, Malam Bolaji Abdulahi is short of words as he cannot respond to Alhassan’s audacious comment. The Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina is also dumbfounded over Alhassan’s comment.


Atiku Abubakar’s interest in becoming the president is not illegal. He has just won the loyalty of one of the prominent members of Buhari’s cabinet.

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