By Femi Bolaji
JALINGO-Taraba state government has said Saturday’s attack on the convoy of Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Aishat Alhassan by hoodlums during Takum 1 assembly election was a fallout of her relationship with her hired thugs over unsettled bill.
The governor who spoke through his senior special assistant on media and publicity, Bala Dan-Abu at a briefing in the government house, Jalingo on Monday warned the minister to exclude the governor and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP from her predicament.
He said “what we discovered was that the attack was done from within her party and her group.
“She brought some people from Gombe and Bauchi as part of her rented crowd because she knows she was not going to get any support from Takum.
“Unfortunately, that business relationship was mismanaged because she failed to pay members of the crowd that she brought.
“What we saw in the form of attack as she claimed to have suffered was a revolt by her own group, the rented crowd that she brought into Takum.”
Reacting at a separate briefing, the minister of women affairs and social development, Aishat Alhassan explained that the state government’s allegation was ridiculous.
She said “anybody that knows me can attest that I don’t do politics of thuggery because I am a mother and will never pray that my children become political thugs and will likewise not take another person’s child as a political thug.
“The election was not concluded when they attacked me so it couldn’t have been me not paying them after working for me and they attacked me in revolt.
“This is a very big lie because the attack could have happened after the election so it is laughable defence on the part of the government.”