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APC disqualifies Mama Taraba from governorship election over anti-party activities linked to Atiku Abubakar



The All Progressives Congress (APC) has disqualified another minister in President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet from participating in the forthcoming governorship primaries of the party.

The Minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Alhassan, also known as Mama Taraba, was disqualified from seeking to govern Taraba State on the platform of the APC by the screening committee of the party, NAN reports.

Unlike the disqualification of the Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, who was denied clearance on the grounds that he did not participate in the mandatory one-year NYSC service program, Mama Taraba’s case was different.

No reason was given by the screening committee for the failure to clear Mrs Alhassan.

However, it is believed in some quarters that her disqualification was not unconnected to anti-party activities she had indulged in, particularly in respect to the video that trended last year  which showed Mama Taraba pledging her loyalty to former Vice President Atiku Abubakar in any case he decides to contest the 2019 presidency against incumbent President, Muhammadu Buhari.

It was learnt that since that time she could no longer be trusted by the ruling APC.

Abubakar was in the APC before defecting to the opposition PDP and is one of the presidential aspirants in the party.

The leadership of the party had also recently sacked and replaced members of the State Working Committee of Taraba State with a new caretaker committee.

Most of those removed were loyal to Mrs Alhassan, who was the party’s governorship flag bearer in 2015.

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