The All Progressives Congress in Adamawa State has described Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Aisha Alhassan’s comment about President Muhammadu Buhari not re-contesting in 2019, as hasty.
According to the party, the minister betrayed her loyalty to the present administration.
The Organising Secretary of the Adamawa State Chapter of the APC, Ahmed Lawan, stated this on Friday in Yola while giving the position of the party on the 2019 presidential election.
The party said it would endorse President Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo should they decide to contest the 2019 election.
Lawan said Alhassan should have waited till 2019 before making her comments or better still resigned.
He said, “Even if President Buhari is not going to contest in 2019, it is too hasty for her to pronounce. She should have waited until next year. If Mr. President then says he’s not going to contest, then she can say what she has said.
“This is coming earlier than expected. How does she want Mr. President to tell her he’s going to re-contest in 2019 when we are still in 2017? Even before he finally decided to contest in 2015, did Mr. President say he was going to contest? No. It was people who piled pressure on him to contest.
“We all know he said he was not going to contest [in any election again]. It was the Yoruba people and some people in the North who pressured him into contesting.”
Lawan added that if President Buhari decides not to contest in 2019, there was still no vacancy in Aso Rock.
He said, “Even if Buhari decides not to contest, we already have a credible alternative in his Vice-President, Prof. Osinbajo. So the Villa is not vacant come 2019. If Buhari is not going to contest, Osinbajo is there. If indeed we are talking about one Nigeria, then we have to display it in 2019.
“Forget about this man coming from the North and this other man coming from the South. The important thing to ask is who will better serve Nigerians. Buhari has already laid a very good foundation for Nigerians with his anti-corruption war.
“If Buhari says he can no longer continue, we already have somebody with the same mind, the same thinking like Baba Buhari. The future of Nigeria is what we should be thinking about, not to bring somebody who will only think of himself, his wives and his family.”