APC disqualifies Buhari’s ministers Adebayo Shittu and Mama Taraba from governorship primaries


The All Progressives Congress (APC) has disqualified two ministers who currently serve in President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet from participating in the forthcoming governorship primaries of the party.

Yekini Nabena, the party’s spokesman in a statement, said Adebayo Shittu who is aspiring to be the next Oyo State Governor was not cleared because he does not possess the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) certificate.

The list has been endorsed by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party.

Unlike the disqualification of the Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, Mama Taraba’s case was different.

No reason was given by the screening committee for the failure to clear Mrs Alhassan.

However, it is believed in some quarters that her disqualification was not unconnected to the video that trended last year, which showed Mama Taraba pledging her loyalty to former Vice President Atiku Abubakar in any case he decides to contest the 2019 presidency against incumbent President, Muhammadu Buhari.

Abubakar was in the APC before defecting to the opposition PDP and is one of the presidential aspirants in the party.

The leadership of the party had also recently replaced members of the State Working Committee of Taraba State with a new caretaker committee.

Most of those removed were loyal to Mrs Alhassan, who was the party’s governorship flag bearer in 2015.