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Reason Mama Taraba Declared Support for Atiku Ahead of 2019

It is no longer news that minister of Women Affairs Aisha Alhassan popularly called mama Taraba was captured on tape declaring support for former Vice President Atiku Abubakar ahead of the 2019 presidential elections.

Alhassan, in an interview with BBC Hausa Service, said that even if President Muhammadu Buhari decides to contest in 2019, she would still support Atiku.

In her words, she said “Atiku is my godfather even before I joined politics. And again, Baba Buhari did not tell us that he is going to run in 2019.

“Let me tell you today that if Baba said he is going to contest in 2019, I swear to Allah, I will go before him and kneel and tell him that ‘Baba I am grateful for the opportunity you gave me to serve in your government as a minister but Baba just like you know, I will support only Atiku because he is my godfather. If Atiku said he is going to contest.”

Alhassan, popularly called Mama Taraba, added that she was not scared of being relieved of her job as minister.

“If because of what I said, I am sacked, it will not bother me because I believe in Allah, that my time has elapsed that is why.

“Baba is not a mad man like those calling for my sack. They have been sending and spreading it that if Baba sees this I will be sacked,”

In view of this, Ogbeni Azeez Olaitan shares his thought on what he feels must have prompted the women affairs minister to declare support for the former VP.

He wrote: 

Mama Taraba is a politician, she made a political decision to support Atiku which makes some sense to be honest. She is still nursing Gubernatorial ambition and she is going to need a money bag. Who is a better money bag than Atiku. No way in hell she is going to place her hope on Buhari to finance her ambition. And on her position as Minister, she wants to be sacked. That is what she want. That position is a burden on her. It's not as attractive as it used to be. 

You can only want it if you are ready to work selflessly like Fashola, Audu Ogbeh and few others. Gone are those days when being a Minister was an opportunity to amass stupendous wealth that could last a lifetime not to talk of financing ambition; but that is not going to happen under this administration she is currently serving in. So, she has nothing to lose if Buhari sack her. On the contrary, she has a lot to gain.

 She would have enough time to roll with Atiku in laying the groundwork for 2019 and cement her place in his camp, as early as possible. Staying on as Minister till 2019 will deny her that and might not bode well for her ambition. All in all, it is a bold move. She made the best decision for herself. Only time will tell if she made the right one.