Former Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Aisha Alhassan, has emerged winner of the United Democratic Party (UDP) governorship primary elections.
Alhassan, fondly called Mama Taraba, was unanimously endorsed by all the party’s 224 delegates from the 16 local government areas of the state.
She resigned from President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet in a letter dated September 29, 2018, citing ‘grave injustice’ after she was not cleared to contest for the party’s governorship ticket in its primary election.
Ballots were, however, cast by each of the 224 delegates before the emergence of the former minister as the candidate.
She thanked the UDP and the followers for believing in her.
She said “I assure you that I will work round the clock to ensure that our enemies are put to shame by winning the governorship election in Taraba in 2019.”
She urged Taraba people to rally round the UDP, “because it is a party with great potential for the development of the state.