2019: MINISTER PLEDGES TO BACK ATIKU AGAINST BUHARI

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The Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Senator Aisha Alhassan, has declared her readiness to support former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar’s bid for the Presidency against President Muhammadu Buhari if the former decides to contest in 2019. Alhassan, in an interview with the BBC Hausa Service on Wednesday, said she respected Buhari, but stated that Atiku remained her godfather. The minister had, in a leaked video on social media, endorsed the former vice-president for the 2019 presidential election.

According to the leaked video, Alhassan endorsed Atiku when she led a delegation on a private visit to the former vice-president on an undisclosed day during the last Sallah celebration. The minister, who spoke in Hausa in the video, said, “Your Excellency, our father and our president by the grace of God come 2019, before you are your people, your supporters for life, the people of Taraba State. “They are here to pay our homage and to greet you on the occasion of Sallah and for all that Allah has done to you because Allah has raised your status.” On Wednesday, Alhassan, in the BBC Hausa Service interview, confirmed that she would support Atiku in 2019.

The Minister added that Buhari had not told anybody that he would contest the 2019 presidential election. She, however, said even if the President decides to contest the election, she would support Atiku for the presidency.