By; PETER NOSAKHARE. Kaduna
The statement made by Minister of Women Affairs, Senator Aisha Alhassan on Wednesday declaring her support for former Vice President Atiku Abubakar for the 2019 presidential election has continued to generate different opinions.
While some are in support of her claim, others are of the view that she resign or better still be sacked by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The statement according to those who spoke to the New Nigerian is an insight that all may not be well within the All Progressive Congress, the ruling party.
Business man and football administrator, Mr. S.A Ofili, is of the view that, though the statement is a pointer that Nigerians are seeking change, the timing is wrong and campaigning for Atiku now is too early.
“We all know that for a serving minister to boldly make such a statement, she definitely has the backing of the former vice president who had earlier in an interview during the sallah celebrations claimed that the APC had sidelined him after he spent his money and time to ensure victory for President Buhari. He even mentioned that since the formation of the present administration nobody had contacted him, or involved him in any decision process and for these reasons he equally stayed and kept his distance. So, you see, Senate Alhassan, though an eye opener, might spoil Atiku”s 2019 ambition unless he changes party before then”, he added.
Party faithfuls and some legislators have called and asked for her sack according to them, she has shown her dislike for the Buhari administration and preference for Atiku.
In his opinion, Malam Umar Mai-Borno a publisher and estate expert, thinks the presidency and those seeking her sack are only blowing hot air.
According to him, the administration should focus on how to move the country forward now that she is no longer in recession.
“PMB should wave aside statements that will distract his intention and move to remove the country from the woods of poverty and every social ills dragging the nation backwards”, he advised.
He also commended Nigerians for their steel will to have survived the period of recession, urging them to continue to believe that the promised land is not far away.
” Nigerians are great people and can stand hardship, for this reason, they should (including myself) believe in a better tomorrow “, he stressed.
It would be recalled that a serving minister had openly declared her support for Atiku Abubakar for the 2019 presidential race and that statement has remained a topic for discussion by Nigerians.