A former deputy governor of Plateau, Pauline Tallen, has said that she turned down her ambassadorial nomination in order to attend to her sick husband.
In a statement on her Facebook social media wall at the weekend, Tallen said:
“I am fully committed to nation building and completely loyal to the Federal Republic of Nigeria as well as its leaders. I count myself privileged to serve our dear country as an ambassador of change.
However, family comes first and as such my decision is borne out of the love for my ailing husband who needs the support of his family. God bless Nigeria.”
She however, appreciated the president for counting her worthy to serve Nigeria in the capacity of an ambassador saying, “It is a hard decision I had to take but I have to, because he is my primary responsibility”.
While speaking today, October 24, in Abuja, Mrs. Pauline Tallen, who is also a former Minister of Science and Technology and Labour Party governorship candidate in Plateau in 2011, said she turned down her ambassadorial nomination in order to be fair to other parts of the state in terms of federal appointment.
“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.”
According to Mrs. Tallen, who was nominated last week by President Muhammadu Buhari, alongside 45 others, the president gave her another alternative and also gave her an assurance that Plateau would not miss its two slots.
Meanwhile, the Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, has described Mrs. Tallen’s decline as an exhibition of political maturity.