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Aisha Alhassan, popularly known as Mama Taraba, died in a hospital in another country after facing a long illness in her final years.
It can be remembered that Alhassan ran for governor of Taraba in 2015 under the banner of the All Progressives Congress (APC), but was defeated by incumbent Governor Darius Ishaku, who ran under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
President Muhammadu Buhari appointed her as Minister of Women Affairs shortly after her loss.
However, she left under controversial circumstances as the APC failed to clear her for the 2019 gubernatorial election.
She had resigned her appointment and defected to the United Democratic Party (UDP).
Alhassan travails in the APC under the chairmanship of Adams Oshiomhole began when she endorsed ex-Vice President Atiku Abubakar ahead of the 2019 elections.
Her statement had caused a huge embarrassment to the APC leadership as a cabinet member was not expected to endorse Atiku who had not clinched the PDP presidential ticket at the time.