A former Minister of Women Affairs, Jummai Alhassan, also known as Mama Taraba, has joined the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from the United Democratic Party (UDP).
Announcing her defection at the weekend, Alhassan at a stakeholders Meeting held at her Jalingo’s residence said the decision was the outcome of an opinion poll conducted by the party shortly after the 2019 general election. She disclosed that a committee was set up by the party to conduct an opinion poll and the results from 168 wards in all 16 local government areas of the state favoured her defection to the PDP.
Alhassan contested the 2019 gubernatorial election on the platform of the PDP. She was also the All Progressives Congress (APC) flag bearer for the 2015 election. She lost both election to the incumbent governor, Darius Ishaku of the PDP.
The former Minster, an ally of former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar was expelled from the APC over anti-party activities in the build up to the 2019 general. She resigned as the Minister of Women Affairs before joining the UDP.
Alhassan, it would be recalled paid a courtesy call to Ishaku at the government house few months ago. She said she went to congratulate the governor on his victory at the poll.