- There have been reports that Aisha Alhassan from Taraba state led a protest to the APC secretariat against Buhari
- The All Progressives Congress (APC) says the minister actually led people from her state to the secretariat but for another purpose
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said confirmed that the minister for Women Affairs, Aisha Alhassan, actually visited its headquarters on Thursday, April 5 but that it was not to protest against President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to the party, Alhassan led a number of APC members from Taraba to the headquarters to thank the president for appointing people from the state and to request that more federal projects be allocated to the north-east now ravaged by Boko Haram.
A statement by Bolaji Abdullahi, the party’s national publicity secretary, and obtained by NAIJ.com, states: “The attention of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been drawn to media reports on Thursday’s courtesy visit on the Party’s National Leadership by the honourable minister of Women Affairs, Hajiya Aisha Jummai Alhassan who led a delegation of Taraba APC leaders to the National Secretariat of the Party in Abuja.
“For the records, the widely-covered courtesy visit was not a protest as reported in some sections of the media.
“The honourable minister of Women Affairs briefed the party’s leadership on developments and activities of the Taraba APC, post 2015 governorship election in which the minister contested as the party’s governorship candidate.”
The statement added: “The minister also used the opportunity to convey to the party’s national leadership the request of the Taraba APC delegation particularly on citing of federal projects in Taraba state and appointment of qualified Taraba state APC members into yet-to-be occupied appointive positions in the President Muhammabu Buhari-led APC administration.
“At the meeting, the honorable minister thanked the president for key appointments made from Taraba state including hers, ambassador, director-general of Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) amongst others.”
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The statement said the party’s leadership promised to consider the request made by the Taraba APC delegation and consult with relevant stakeholders and government.
The party said it remains proud of the minister “for leaving more than a few indelible cracks in the glass ceiling as our candidate in the 2015 governorship election in Taraba state. She remains strong evidence that APC is the only party willing to give women a real chance.”
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