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– Alhassan says she has decided to stay on in the ruling party even though her godfather is in the opposition

– She also said the Taraba APC was united and there was no faction among members as is claimed

– Taraba APC acting chairman Sani Chul expressed the party’s delight at the minister’s confirmation

Minister for Women Affairs Aishat Alhassan, popularly called Mama Taraba, has declared that she would remain in the APC and not follow her political godfather and ex-vice president Atiku Abubakar back to the opposition party.

She said: “Politics is all about interest, and nobody forced me to leave PDP to join APC, so no want will force me out of it.

“I will continue to work for APC and that’s why I travelled out to Taraba, to campaign for our party’s candidate Sanusi Jambawaile.

“I know many may wish to see me leaving APC, but let me assure them I will remain in APC!

‘’So, how can I destroy the house we collectively built?”

Alhassan said the ruling party “is intact in Taraba’’ but refused to comment on her godfather’s exit.

She said: “There is no squabble or faction, and our great party APC in Taraba is intact. That’s why we all work and campaigned together with His Excellency the former Acting Governor UTC.

‘’So, we are one no any problem as some of you thought.”

Reacting to the news, acting chairman of the Taraba state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Sani Chul expressed happiness at the minister’s decision.

He said: “We are really happy with her decision, it is clear that she has seen some changes in the areas she complaint about in recent past if there are any.

“Yes, there were issues in APC like in any other party but clearly we are better.

“And most importantly, it is the minister that should be congratulated because by her action, she has extended the lifespan of her political career; she would have a lot to gain in the APC than in PDP.’’

Earlier reported that Alhassan and the governor of Adamawa state Jibrilla Bindow, who are strong allies of the former vice president Atiku Abubakar, on Tuesday, November 28 met President Muhammadu Buhari separately and pledged their allegiance to the president.

Atiku, who is their political godfather, resigned from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on Friday, April 24 and joined the opposition PDP.

We had gathered at the time that it was being speculated that the duo might follow Atiku to his new party.

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