The National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) screened Aisha Alhassan, immediate past Minister of Women Affairs, out of the Taraba State governorship race because she was “APC in the morning and PDP in the night”, SaharaReporters has been told.
According to a source very close to the APC NWC, Alhassan had been holding meetings with people opposed to the progress of the ruling party.
Alhassan has subjected herself to party scrutiny since September 2017 when she described Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirant, Atiku Abubakar, as her godfather, and vowed to quit her ministerial position to support him should President Muhammadu Buhari decide to run for President in 2019.
“She’s a loyalist of Atiku. She’s a mole,” the source said.
“It’s just like the way APC treated Bolaji Abdullahi because of Saraki. Abdulahi didn’t want to go initially, but he had to leave — because all his movements were suspected.
“According to the APC leadership, Alhassan is APC in the morning and PDP in the night. She has been having meetings with Atiku. She’s an Atiku protégé, which is not breaking news. But the crux of the issue is that she was seen as an Atiku mole in the party. Now that she has left the party, she will be working with Atiku.”
The source added that Alhassan may have stood a chance if John Oyegun were still the APC Chairman.
“Adams Oshiomhole’s style of leadership is different; it’s radical,” he said. “If you’re seen to be working against the party, he boots you out.”
Alhassan resigned from the APC and as Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development on Saturday, and subsequently followed that up with an announcement that she had joined the United Democratic Party (UDP).