Minister for women affairs – Aisha Alhassan said she would support former vice-president Atiku Abubakar for the presidency at the next election in 2019 rather than the incumbent.
Hausa radio. Speculation has been rife in Nigeria about whether Buhari,
The government maintains he is back at work, although he has kept a low profile since returning from the British capital last month.
President Buhari has skipped and cancelled weekly cabinet meetings, chairing his first gathering
Minister for women affairs Aisha Alhassan disclosed her allegiance on Wednesday after being asked whether Buhari had told anyone he planned to run in 2019.
“And to date no-one can claim Buhari has expressed any desire to stand for re-election in 2019.”
President Buhari made Aisha Alhassan women’s minister after she narrowly failed to be elected to run the eastern state of Taraba, making her the country’s first female state governor.
Abubakar, whom Buhari defeated to be the All Progressives Congress (APC) party’s presidential candidate for 2015, nominated her for the ministerial post.