Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Senator Aisha Alhassan (aka Mama Taraba) has resigned from President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet.

She requested permission to leave in order to contest the 2019 governorship election.

The President confimed the resignation in his acceptance of her notification through a letter conveyed to her dated July 27, 2018.

Buhari, however, said he would support her if only she contests on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Alhassan was the candidate of the APC in the 2015 governorship election but lost to incumbent Governor Darius Ishaku.

In his acceptance of her resignation letter, Buhari said: “I have today received your letter notifying me of your intention to contest for the governorship of Taraba State in the 2019 election.''

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Last September, Alhassan threatened that she would not support Buhari’s second term ambition on the grounds that the president had promised to serve only one term.

She vowed to support former Vice President Atiku Abubakar who was still in the APC at the time, but has since defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

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