An interview with BBC Hausa has shown President Muhammadu Buhari’s Women Affairs Minister, Aisha Alhassan saying she would support Former Vice president, Atiku Abubakar, for the 2019 presidential election.
The video which is in Hausa language captures Mrs. Alhassan as saying she would support Akiku even if President Muhammadu Buhari decides to re-contest the 2019 election.
Part of the transcript of the interview reads thus: “Atiku is my godfather even before I joined politics.”
“Your excellency, my father & by the grace of God President in 2019” – Aisha Jummai Alhassan (Mama Taraba) Minister of Women Affairs pic.twitter.com/mRlrOApLu4
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“And again, Baba Buhari did not tell us that he is going to run in 2019.”
“Let me tell you today that if Baba said he is going to contest in 2019, I swear to Allah, I will go before him and kneel and tell him that ‘Baba I am grateful for the opportunity you gave me to serve your government as a minister but Baba, just like you know, I will support only Atiku because he is my godfather. If Atiku said he is going to contest.”
“If because of what I said, I am sacked, it will not bother me because I believe in Allah, that my time has elapsed that is why…”
“Baba is not a mad man like those calling for my sack. They have been sending it and spreading that if Baba sees this I will be sacked.”