Mama Taraba retrieves computers, furniture from APC secretariat

Former Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Aisha Alhassan, has retrieved computers and furniture she donated to the Taraba State All Progressives Congress (APC) from the secretariat in Jalingo.

The politician popularly known as Mama Taraba recently resigned her appointment and dumped the ruling party after she was disqualified from the governorship race.

Speaking on Wednesday, Taraba APC publicity secretary, Aaron Artimas, said Alhassan also removed rugs, air-conditioning sets and tables she had bought for the political party when she was a member.

“We find this development shameful, unfortunately, it is true. The former minister has emptied the office she furnished when she was a member of the APC,” Mr Artimas told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Jalingo.

He said that the party leadership obliged her request and watched as she removed everything from the party secretariat, and expressed surprise that the former minister stooped so low to recover even minor items she had donated to the party.

“It is amazing to us because Aisha Alhassan was the highest beneficiary of the party in the state,” he claimed.

Artimas said that Alhassan had embarrassed herself with that action because she was still keeping the benefits that accrued to her as minister under the APC-led federal government.

“It is a very shameful action, but we shall leave her to conscience,” he said.

Reacting, however, Alhassan said that she did not order the removal of the items, but supported it because of the injustice the party meted to her.

“I bought the items with my money; when my boys told me they were removing them from the party secretariat, I gave them the go ahead because the APC does not deserve anything of mine,” she told NAN in an interview from Abuja.

She dismissed the claims that the items were moved from Jalingo to Abuja.

“I could not have moved the items to Abuja. I merely gave my boys the nod to move them out because the APC was wicked to me. If I had left the party on my own, I would not have bothered about the items, but you know the circumstances that pushed me out.

“I bought the items to furnish the party secretariat, but since I have moved to the UDP, I did not see anything wrong with moving with all my belongings. They should buy their own furniture for the offices,” she said.

Alhassan is the governorship candidate of the United Democratic Party (UDP) in Taraba State.

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