FORMER Minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Al-Hassan, has stripped the Taraba State secretariat of the All Progressives Congress (APC) of all the furniture which she had donated for the party when she was a member.
Al-Hassan dumped the APC after the party’s National Working Committee disqualified her from contesting for the governorship post of the state on its platform. She moved to the United Democratic Party (UDP) where she was given the governorship ticket.
The APC Publicity Secretary in Taraba State, Aaron Artimas, told the News Agency of Nigeria that the party’s leadership was amazed at the development, especially given that Al-Hassan benefitted more from the APC than any other individual in the State.
“We find this development shameful (but) unfortunately, it is true. The former minister has emptied the office she furnished when she was a member of the APC,” Artimas said.
“It is amazing to us because Aisha Alhassan was the highest beneficiary of the party in the state. It is a very shameful action, but we shall leave her to conscience,” he added.
When contacted, Al-Hassan said she did not order the removal of the furniture from the APC secretariat in Jalingo, but that she was in support of it. Alhassan said the party does not deserve anything of hers given the way she was booted out.
“I bought the items with my money; when my boys told me they were removing them from the party secretariat, I gave them the go ahead because the APC does not deserve anything of mine,” NAN quoted her as saying.
“I could not have moved the items to Abuja. I merely gave my boys the nod to move them out because the APC was wicked to me. If I had left the party on my own, I would not have bothered about the items, but you know the circumstances that pushed me out.
“I bought the items to furnish the party secretariat, but since I have moved to the UDP, I did not see anything wrong with moving with all my belongings. They should buy their own furniture for the offices.”