I’ll Re­spond To Calls to Con­test in 2019 After Due Con­sul­ta­tions, Says Al­has­san

THISDAY - - NEWSXTRA - Wole Ayodele

The Min­is­ter of Women Af­fairs and So­cial Devel­op­ment, Aisha Jum­mai Al­has­san, has de­clared that her de­ci­sion to con­test the 2019 gu­ber­na­to­rial elec­tion in Taraba State would be taken after a statewide con­sul­ta­tion.

Re­act­ing to calls by sev­eral youth or­gan­i­sa­tions across the state to con­test in 2019, Al­has­san while field­ing ques­tions from jour­nal­ists yes­ter­day after the lo­cal gov­ern­ment congress of the APC in Jalingo, said she would not re­spond to the calls un­til she fin­ished con­sul­ta­tions across the state.

Al­has­san, who was the APC can­di­date in the 2015 gu­ber­na­to­rial elec­tion in Taraba State, noted that she has heard the calls of the youths who gath­ered from across all the lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas of the state at the Jolly Nyame Sta­dium in Jalingo to urge her to con­test and would re­spond to their call at the right time.

“The sit­u­a­tion is not dif­fer­ent from what hap­pened in 2012 when stake­hold­ers from Taraba Cen­tral met me to say I should con­test in 2015. I dis­cussed with my hus­band and when he gave me the go ahead, I then went round the state to con­sult peo­ple be­fore I yielded to their call.

“Now that my chil­dren, the youths of Taraba State deemed me fit, saw me fit and feel I will be the one to help them when I be­come the gov­er­nor, I will still have to con­sult very wide like I did be­fore. But they have ev­ery right to call me. It is hap­pen­ing ev­ery­where across the coun­try whereby peo­ple are be­ing called to con­test,” she said.

The min­is­ter, who had par­tic­i­pated in the APC lo­cal gov­ern­ment con­gresses de­scribed the ex­er­cise as very trans­par­ent and peace­ful say­ing there was con­sen­sus in all the 16 lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas.

L-R: New Pres­i­dent, Ro­tary Club of Ikoyi, Mr. Isichei Osamgbi; Im­me­di­ate Past Pres­i­dent of the club, Mr. Dele Ojogbede; and Chair­man of the oc­ca­sion, Mr. Al­ban-Ofili-Okonkwo, at the in­vesti­ture of Osamgbi, as the 33rd Pres­i­dent of Ro­tary Club of Ikoyi in Lagos.....week­end.

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