‘Mama Taraba’ Dumps APC, Picks UDP’s Ticket

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Sen. Aisha Al­has­san, who re­signed her ap­point­ment as Women Af­fairs min­is­ter and also dumped the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC), yes­ter­day picked the United Demo­cratic Party (UDP) nom­i­na­tion form to con­test for the Taraba State gov­er­nor­ship seat.

Al­has­san, at a press con­fer­ence shortly af­ter join­ing the UDP and pick­ing its nom­i­na­tion form, claimed that the APC had be­come “the weak­est po­lit­i­cal party in Taraba” with her de­fec­tion.

The for­mer min­is­ter claimed that she left the APC with thou­sands of her sup­port­ers, adding that many as­pi­rants seek­ing the APC ticket to con­test var­i­ous of­fices in 2019 would soon pick UDP nom­i­na­tions forms.

Al­has­san, who was dis­qual­i­fied from seek­ing the APC ticket, al­leged that she was dropped by the na­tional chair­man of the APC, Mr Adams Osh­iom­hole.

“It was not the screen­ing com­mit­tee that dis­qual­i­fied me; the chair­man of the party per­son­ally did it.

“But I have put that be­hind me. I have moved to the UDP and will seek its ticket to con­test the gov­er­nor­ship elec­tion.

“Osh­iom­hole has used his pow­ers to deal with me, but it is God that gives power,” she said.

The for­mer min­is­ter, who con­tested the seat in 2015 and lost to PDP’s Dar­ius Ishaku, ad­vised Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari to pay more at­ten­tion to the ac­tiv­i­ties of APC lead­ers so that their ac­tions would not af­fect the party’s pop­u­lar­ity.

The gov­er­nor­ship screen­ing com­mit­tee of the APC on Thurs­day dis­qual­i­fied Al­has­san from join­ing 10 other as­pi­rants to fight for the ticket in the pri­mary elec­tion slated for Sun­day, Septem­ber 30. (NAN)

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