Aisha Alhassan, Minister of Women Affairs popularly known as Mama Taraba, says Atiku Abubakar, former Vice-President, remains her political godfather and definitely has her support for the 2019 presidential election.
Alhassan said this in an interview with BBC Hausa, swearing by Allah that she would not support President Muhammadu Buhari over Atiku should the former decide to re-contest in 2019.
“Atiku has been my godfather even before I joined politics. And again, Baba Buhari did not tell us that he is going to run in 2019,” Alhassan said.
“Let me tell you today that if Baba says he is going to contest in 2019, I swear to Allah, I will go before him and kneel and tell him that ‘Baba I am grateful for the opportunity you gave me to serve your government as a minister but Baba just like you know I will support only Atiku because he is my godfather… if Atiku says he is going to contest.
“If because of what I said, I am sacked, it will not bother me because I believe in Allah, that my time has elapsed; that is why.
“Baba is not a mad man like those calling for my sack. They have been sending it and spreading that if Baba sees this I will be sacked.”
Alhassan narrowly lost the 2015 Taraba State governorship election to Darius Ishaku of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).