The All Progressives Congress, APC, has denied asking Aisha Alhassan, Minister of Women Affairs, to resign during her meeting with the party’s National Working Committee on Thursday. Bolaji Abdullahi, National Publicity Secretary of the party said the party was not against its members making their opinions known but that Alhassan had made hers at the wrong time.
“Since the issue of the comment she made came up, the party has not said anything regardless of what individuals might have told you because we are a party that recognises the right of her members to express their opinions.
“We also had an opportunity to discuss with the minister to understand what she said and in what context she said so before we know how to respond.
“So, 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 these explanations,” he said.
“However, as a senior member of this party, her statements represent an act of indiscretion because with the kind of position she occupies even within the party, she is a party leader in her own right, what she said was not what she was supposed to say at the time that she said it.
“She ought to have exercised greater judgment than she did and she acknowledged that maybe the timing was wrong; and she apologised,” he added.
Abdullahi said Alhassan had a right to support whoever she wanted. He said the election was still for away and Atiku Abubakar, whom she had declared support for, had not shown interest in contesting the election.