The Deputy National Chairman of the APC, Segun Oni, has provided what appears a first formal reaction of the party to the stance of a serving minister declaring support for another presidential candidate in 2019.
The Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Aisha Alhassan, shocked many Nigerians when a video surfaced on Tuesday showing the minister declaring support for a former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, for the 2019 presidential election.
In his reaction, Mr. Oni expressed shock over the decision.
The News Agency of Nigeria quoted Mr. Oni as speaking at the Makurdi airport in Benue State, “I am surprised that it happened in the first instance, but that is for the President and the party to talk about it at the appropriate time,” he said.
When Premium Times sought the reaction of the official APC spokesperson, Bolaji Abdullahi, he said, “We have no comment at this time.”
Mrs Alhassan, who also said President Buhari had said he would not contest in 2019, was at the presidential villa on Thursday, where she told journalists that she stood by her statements.