Aisha Alhassan, a former Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development under President Muhammadu Buhari, has announced that she has completed arrangements to return to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Alhassan, who was the governorship candidate of the United Democratic Party (UDP) in the 2019 general elections, told journalists on Sunday after a stakeholders meeting in Jalingo, that a majority of her supporters across all political parties from the 168 wards in Taraba have encouraged her to shift base to the PDP.
She said the stakeholders meeting, which lasted up until midnight on Saturday, had in attendance all who contested for various political offices on the platform of the UDP, executive members of the party from the ward to state levels and party elders.
Alhassan said more than 80 percent of the respondents in an opinion poll conducted by a committee chaired by Abdulmumini Vaki, a former PDP chairman in the state, that covered the 16 Local Government Areas of the state, suggested that she should decamp to the PDP, the main opposition party to the ruling All Progressives Congress.
The politician said she had no option than to go by the decision of majority of UDP members in the poll.
“I cannot go against the decision of the popular opinions of my supporters. I am glad that the committee did not suggest the APC as an option,” Alhassan said.
According to a communiqué, which was signed by the state UDP Chairman, Hassan Chul, two committees would be set up. He said the first committee would visit the national leadership of the UDP in Abuja, to appreciate them for giving Alhassan the platform to run for the 2019 governorship election.
The other committee will arrange a meeting with PDP leadership in Taraba, to work out modalities for the former minister’s return to the party.
Alhassan contested and won the election for the senatorial seat of Taraba North in 2011, before defecting to the APC, under which she contested for governor in 2015.
She later joined the UDP before the 2019 general elections.