A former minister of women affairs, Aisha Alhassan, has joined the United Democratic Party (UDP).
Alhassan who had earlier resigned from President Muhammadu Buhari’s government, left the All Progressives Congress (APC) after she was disqualified from contesting the party’s governorship primary election.
In her resignation letter to President Buhari she had always been a loyal party member and was at no time queried or admonished for any wrongdoing.
Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the APC, had explained that the minister was not cleared for the primary over anti-party activities. According to the former Edo state governor:
“She had issues that have to do with party loyalty. Our constitution is clear and it dictates that to contest elections or even hold office in the APC, you must be loyal to the party in every material concern”.
Alhassan who announced her defection in a tweet, said:
“I have officially joined my next political party with 7 state assembly members, all @APCNigeria executives from 169 wards of Taraba State.
“All 16 local Government exco’s of APC. All states executives of APC, we are now in UDP”.