Kaduna Central Sen. Shehu Sani has defended Minister of Women Affairs Aisha Alhassan against APC members accusing her of betraying President Muhammadu Buhari by declaring her support for former V.P Atiku Abubakar in 2019.
She later told BBC Hausa that even if President Muhammadu Buhari decides to seek reelection in 2019, she would still support Atiku.
Senator Sani told Channels Television during Politics Today that the minister has a right to express herself while her boss also has a right to fire her.
Obviously, the defence is neither here nor there.
“First of all, we must recognise and accept the fact that as a citizen she has the right to express her own political opinion and also express her own choice. What she said was very clear, that her loyalty for 2019 goes to the former Vice President, Atiku (Abubakar),” the Senator said.
Senator Sani also said it is a good thing that the minister spoke her mind even though most party members would prefer to speak in silence.
“The good thing about what she said is that she poured out what is in her heart, but it is very clear to many of the members of our party that they would rather choose to speak in private. But it is also indicative of the fact that the 2019 campaign and intrigue is already on,” he said.
Although he noted that the campaign for the 2019 election has started, the Senator doesn’t know if President Buhari will seek re-election.
The senator explained that while President Buhari is yet to declare his intentions ahead of 2019, he might be trying to simply focus on delivering on his campaign promises.
“If he says he is not going to contest, certainly that may be the end of governance in Nigeria,’ he said.
Sani believes Buhari is being strategic for now, working to deliver on pledges and promises made in 2015.
Kaduna Gov. Nasir El-Rufai was the first to hammer Alhassan, describing her as unstable and anto-Buharist though she belongs to the ruling party and Buhari’s cabinet.
El-Rufai and Sani have been in a long-drawn-out political battle since 2015.