|Hajia Aisha Jumai Alhassan aka Mama Taraba|
The ripples from not getting picked as one of those to contest the APC primary in Taraba State had not fully died down, before Mama Taraba, Hajia Aisha Jumai Alhassan quickly dumped her now former party the APC and immediately also dumped her Ministerial position as the one in charge of the Ministry for Women Affairs, to go pursue her dream somewhere else, which is the UDP.
With her dumping the APC, the claim now is that the APC in Taraba State might probably have become the weakest of the parties there, owing to the vast popularity of the Hajia and those that have supposedly left the APC with her too. But is it not better safe than be sorry later?
The National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole in the aftermath of the decision not to allow Mama Taraba contest the primary had come out to say, part of the reason the very popular politician wasn’t allowed to contest their primary is because her total loyalty to the APC couldn’t be trusted. According to him, Mama Taraba was more of APC by day and more of PDP by night, ascertaining or alluding to the fact that Mama Taraba’s close friendship and support for a member of the opposition party the PDP, in the person of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar might actually have cost her the opportunity to contest the Governorship Primary under the APC. She did openly support Atiku Abubakar’s Presidential ambition last year, while she was a card carrying member of the APC!
Responding to her not being allowed to contest the party primary, she had said “it would be out of place for her to remain as a minister in the GOVERNMENT, when the party that formed the government does not find her qualified to be a GOVERNOR”.
So in dusting her foot off the APC, it is claimed that she left with not less than 7 TSHA (Taraba State House of Assembly) members, ALL the APC executives in 169 wards. And all the 16 LGA’s excos to the UDP.
Curiously though she didn’t move her loyalty and supporters to the PDP, but instead she and her people left for the UDP.