Pauline Tallen turned down her ambassadorial nomination . She said this is in order to be fair to other parts of the state in terms of federal appointments. She also states her husband’s poor health as another reason.
Mrs. Tallen was nominated last week by President Muhammadu Buhari, alongside 45 others. She said the president gave her another option and also assured her that Plateau would not miss its two slots.
She has in recent times been a deputy governor of Plateau state, Minister of Science and Technology and Labour Party governorship candidate in Plateau in 2011.
“I hail from the same local government and tribe with Gov. Simon Lalong. I turned down the nomination because of balancing of appointments, I don’t think it is right for me to accept the appointment.”
“Secondly, proper consultation was not done, my governor was not consulted because I called him when he was in United States of America to ask but he said that he was not aware.”
“For me, I was consulted and I turned down the appointment even before the announcement was made.”
“My husband’s ill-health is another reason why I will not accept the appointment.”
The former deputy governor appreciated the president for the honour. She said she was surprised when the announcement was made.
Gov. Lalong Hails Pauline Tallen’s Maturity
Meanwhile Gov. Simon Lalong has described Mrs. Tallen’s decline as an exhibition of political maturity.
“Plateau is always on the front-burner when it comes to politics, that shows her maturity not just in Plateau but as a national figure.”
“Once things are not done properly, it is better for a leader and a mother to come out and say that things are not done properly in the interest of the state.”
“When I heard the announcement I was very shocked because what happened was without proper consultation”
He appreciated Mrs. Tallen for her decision, and assured the people that their quota would be filled. He said he would ensure that distinguished sons and daughters of Plateau get more appointments.