Minister Alhassan Is At FEC Meeting Presided Over By Buhari
The Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting holding in Abuja on Wednesday is likely to end with something interesting to read.
The Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Senator Aisha Alhassan, is attending the meeting that is ongoing at the chambers of the council and President Muhammadu Buhari is also there.
It was not surprising when media attention shifted to her on her arrival at the venue of the meeting.
She had drawn attention to herself after she was caught on video chairing Atiku Abubakar as the President come 2019.
It was a form of campaign and an announcement of the former Vice President's interest in the position that President Buhari currently occupies and even her political party, the All progressives Congress has condemned her actions.
She was present at the FEC meeting that also has Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and cabinet ministers in attendance.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the meeting started at exactly 11:00 a.m. local time.
Reporters are awaiting the press conference that will follow the meeting, but the minister seems ready for the consequences that may follow her action.
Alhassan had on September 7, allegedly submitted her resignation letter to the office of the Chief of Staff to the President following her remarks about the presidential ambition of Mr Atiku.
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The minister has also been quoted in an interview with reporters at the Presidential Villa, as saying that she would rather resign as minister than abandon Atiku “if he decides to run for presidential elections in 2019".
There are also claims that she was nominated as Minister by the former Vice President.
Some chieftain of the ruling party, which she belongs to, have reacted to her endorsement of another man even when Buhari has not said he would not run in 2019.
They have called on Alhassan to resign as minister for declaring that she would not support Buhari in 2019.
“The minister is entitled to her opinion; but I would have saluted her if she had resigned her appointment because she cannot blow hot and cold at the same time,” the Governor of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun, said at a book launch in Abeokuta.