Contrary to the rejection of Ms Aisha Abubakar’s ministerial nomination by the Sokoto State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, a respected politician, businessman and chieftain of the APC in the state, Abubakar Mohammed Sadiq, said the nominee enjoys widespread support from the electorate and the people of Sokoto.
The APC chieftain, who stated this in Abuja at the weekend, alleged that ‘retrogressive political forces’ affiliated to the immediate past governor of the state, Alhaji Magatakarda Wamako, were behind the “ill motivated campaign of calumny” against A’isha Abubakar’s ministerial nomination.
Sadiq insisted that the nominee was competent and qualified to be a minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, stressing that she would prove her mettle as a member of the federal cabinet to be constituted by President Muhammadu Buhari after the Senate would have confirmed their nomination tomorrow.
The APC in Sokoto State had on Friday rejected A’isha Abubakar as the ministerial nominee from the state.
The state Chairman of the party, Usman Danmadamin-Isa, who briefed journalists on the outcome of the meeting, said the decision to reject the nomination was unanimous.
But Sadiq disagreed with the position of the party in the state, alleging that the immediate past governor was on a mission of vendetta and witch-hunt against the ministerial nominee simply because he (former governor Wamako), now a Senator, could not present his crony.
According to him, the state chapter of the party was being chauvinistic, and that “Miss Aisha Abubakar is an independent minded, but patriotic and well educated indigene of Sokoto State from a very illustrious home.”
He dismissed the petition against her on the ground that it is “not only substantially spurious and vacuous”, but that the purported originator of that petition, “Senator Gobir is a political loyalist of Senator Wamakko who wants to set up a political dynasty and make it impossible for any other citizen of Sokoto State, aspiring to any political office, who doesn’t come from the Wamakko camp to successfully emerge.”
He therefore urged President Buhari “not to capitulate to the groundswell of political machinations and blackmail against the ministerial nomination of Abubakar who, according to him, is “even better educated than the three senators from Sokoto put together.”

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