Addressing journalists shortly after the inauguration of a factional chairman of the APC in Taraba State, on Monday in Abuja, Nigeria’s Minister of Women affairs, Aisha Alhassan, expressed hope that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) “will rule Nigeria forever”.
The minister popularly known as ‘Mama Taraba’, who recently declared her intention to contest for the governorship slot in Taraba, which she lost in 2015, told newsmen that APC would not only win the presidency but more states in 2019.
“Crisis is normal in a big party like APC, once we can do our national convention, then we face the opposition PDP and I assure you that APC will win more states like Taraba in 2019.
“I will make sure that in my zone, I follow up and by God’s grace Gombe and Taraba (states) will be taken over in 2019. And don’t even talk about Nigeria because it’s already APC and it will continue to be APC forever.”
‘Mama Taraba’ said she won the election in 2015 ”but wasn’t destined to be governor”.
“I won the 2015 election, everyone knows that, even the Peoples Democratic Party. I will re-contest the election again in 2019 if God keeps me alive and well.
“It is God that gives power to whoever he desires, I won the election 2015, but God did not give me power. I will keep trusting in him and the grassroots people of Taraba and God willing, I will win the election,” she said.
Aisha Alhassan who also spoke on the APC factions in Taraba State, said;
“I have a right to choose who becomes the chairman of the party in the state. There is no faction in Taraba. We are very much together, there was no love lost in the state, we were never divided. It was all about political interests.”
The Minister few months ago, caused a stir when she said she would support the presidential bid of a former vice president Atiku Abubakar in 2019 even if her principal, President Muhammadu Buhari decides to run.