Buhari’s govt has sidelined my people, Minister leads protest to APC headquarters

by Dolapo Adelana

Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Senator Aisha Alhassan, has alleged that the All Progressives Congress (APC) government led by President Muhammadu Buhari has neglected members of the party in Taraba state.

Alhassan made the allegation on Thursday when she led some members of the APC from the state to the national secretariat of the party in Abuja.

“I have come as a party member and a leader with my brothers from Taraba to air our problems; the APC people in Taraba are very worried,” she said.

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“No opposition party performed as well as we did since 1999, but unfortunately, apart from my appointment which is statutory and constitutional, and the ambassadorial, we still do not have any meaningful appointment.”

She said it was “unfortunate’’ that members who had worked for the party in the state were not carried along in government appointments and projects.

“We have to take care of our people else we will not know our faith in next election. Even in federal government projects, they do not involve us,” she said.

“Taraba state APC should be remembered, this is our plea. If projects are sent to the state which is controlled by the PDP, our people are left hanging.”

Alhassan, however, said she was not afraid of the rumour going round that the party’s structure in the state would be hijacked by some people.

“I have at some point addressed a crowd in Taraba and I told them that the current governor is even welcomed to join the party,” she said.

“But if he comes, he will be an APC member like us.”

Deputy national chairman (north) of the party, Lawal Shuaibu, who received the delegation, assured the people that their complaints would be addressed.

Shuaibu urged them to continue to exercise patience with the federal government.

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