An adage says that when a child has realised his mistakes, he is not punished for long.

It seems that is the situation Aisha Alhassan, minister of women affairs and social development, has found herself in after publicly supporting former vice president Atiku Abubakar's 2019 presidential ambition.

She appeared before the national working committee of the APC, to enable the ruling party “understand” her comments.

Subsequently, Bolaji Abdullahi, the party’s spokesman, told journalists that the minister apologised for putting the party in a “difficult situation”.

He said although Alhassan is entitled to her opinion and choice as a member of the party, but the timing of the comments was wrong since “2019 is still far away”.

He said: “When she came, we asked her to explain to us what truly transpired and in what context she said what she said and she did offer the explanation.

“Now, having offered her explanation, we acknowledge that as a member of this party, she is entitled to her opinion and she is entitled to her choice.

“(But) she ought to have exercised greater judgement than she did and she acknowledged that yes, maybe she ought not to have. Maybe the timing was wrong and she apologised if she had put the party in any difficult position.”

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