Former Minister Under Buhari Returns To PDP

Barring any last minute changes Aisha Alhassan, former minister of women affairs, during President Muhammadu Buhari first term would return to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Aisha made her imminent return to the opposition known to journalist on Sunday, when she spoke at UDP stakeholders meeting in Jalingo, Taraba state capital.

She added every arrangement that would facilitate her return to the party had been put in place.

Mama Taraba, as she’s fondly called, said her decision to return to PDP was informed by the plea of majority of her supporters in Taraba encouraged her to do so.

Alhassan was the governorship candidate of the United Democratic Party (UDP) in the last election. She joined the UDP on the eve of the polls after she failed to secure the All Progressives Congress (APC) ticket.

She was appointed as minister by President Muhammadu Buhari, but she resigned after misgivings about her political allegiance became widespread.

She had said in a interview that she would remain loyal to Atiku Abubakar, Buhari’s political rival.

Alhassan said more than 80 percent of respondents in an opinion poll conducted by a committee headed Abdulmumini Vaki, a former PDP chairman in the state, suggested that she should return to the PDP.

The former minister said she had no choice but follow the decision of the majority members of the UDP.

“I cannot go against the decision of the popular opinions of my supporters”, she said. She also said she was glad that the committee did not suggest the APC as an option.

Alhassan contested and won the election for the senatorial seat of Taraba north in 2011 under the PDP before defecting to APC in 2015.

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