- President Muhammadu Buhari is said to be in support of the governorship ambition of Senator Aisha Alhassan
- Alhassan has declared her intention to run for governor of Taraba state on the platform of the All Progressives Congress
- She is Nigeria's current minister of women affairs and social development
Minister of women affairs and social development, Senator Aisha Alhassan, on Thursday, August 9, said her 2019 governorship ambition in Taraba state on the platform of the All Progressives Congress has been endorsed by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Vanguard reports that the minister, who is popularly called Mama Taraba, said this at the closing ceremony of the 18th Regular National Council on Women Affairs and Social Development.
NAIJ.com gathers that the ceremony was hosted by the Lagos state government through the state ministry of women affairs and poverty alleviation.
The theme of the ceremony was Peace, Security and Social Inclusion: Key Building Blocks for Achieving Economic Growth and Sustainable Development.
Speaking at the ceremony, Alhassan said: “I have written my notification letter to my boss, President Muhammadu Buhari, and he wished me well and gave me the assurance that he will support Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies to conduct free, fair and transparent election.
“So what are we, women, afraid of? Mr President has guaranteed free, fair election, so lets us carry on, come out and contest. We are mothers, bridge builders because we are more trustworthy and more reliable as women.
“Let’s go out there and contest so that we get at least 35 percent affirmative. In a few days I will go back to my constituency now that Mr President has given a nod to go and try again. I will try again and never be tired of trying, until I am too weak to try. This time, God should answer women.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the minister of women affairs, Aisha Alhassan, wrote a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari notifying him of her interest in running for governor in Taraba state.
Alhassan, who is popularly known as Mama Taraba, said she would be running on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
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