President Muhammadu Buhari has thanked Senator Aisha Alhassan widely known as Mama Taraba for serving as the Minister of Women Affairs in his cabinet.
The former Minister had earlier conveyed a letter to Buhari notifying him of her intention to contest the 2019 gubernatorial polls in Taraba State.
Buhari added that he would only support the candidature of Mama Taraba if she contests under the platform of ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
TheEcho recalls that Mama Taraba was the candidate of the APC in 2015 governorship election in the state but lost to the incumbent, Darius Ishaku.
Buhari said: “I have today received your letter notifying me of your intention to contest for the governorship of Taraba State in the 2019 election.
“Let me thank you on behalf of the Federal Executive Council and Nigerians for your services as minister under this administration. I note with passion your past contribution to our great party APC during and after the 2015 elections.
“As you are aware I am totally committed to free and fair elections. Our policy is to support all APC candidates. I wish you well in your ambition to be governor of your state. Rest assured that all security agencies as well as INEC will have my full support to conduct free, fair and transparent elections in 2019.”