2019: Why APC Disqualified Aisha Alhassan From Seeking Governorship Election – Oshiomole
The National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomole, has explained reasons behind the disqualification of Aisha Alhassan, former Minister for Women Affairs from participating in governorship election primary in Taraba State.
Addressing a news conference in Abuja, the former Edo State Governor said the party was not convinced about the loyalty of the minister.
Oshiomhole said: “As for the Hon. Minister of Women Affairs, she has 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.
“From all she had said in the past and even her comments and general attitude during the screening, the NWC reviewed everything taken together and we arrived at the conclusion that she does not possess the level of loyalty that the APC requires for her to contest elections on our platform.
“We made it clear when the defections happened that APC may well benefit from these defections if it helps us to be more critical in terms of who we give platform to contest elections, and that there are core values that binds the APC together and they are non-negotiable.
“The Electoral Act and the APC constitution forbids anyone from being a member of more than one political party at a time. You cannot be a member of APC and be a card carrying member of another party.
“But when you have a situation where it would appear, based on what you know and based on what I know, that someone is probably APC in the day time maybe for the purpose of retaining certain offices and they are PDP at heart.
“Or if they are not PDP at heart, they are actually and simply a follower of a one-man permanent presidential candidate…then we have the right to ask ourselves if these attitudes and qualities are characteristics of an ideal member of an APC.
“So, those are the reasons. We did not want to have a lengthy explanation to do, but she knows why she was disqualified and we know why we denied her the use of our platform.”