AFTER former deputy governor of Plateau State, Pauline Tallen, turned down her appointment as an ambassadorial nomination by President Muhammadu Buhari, another nominee, Usman Bugaje from Kastina State has followed suit, being the second nominee to do so. Although Bugaje’s reason for turning down the appointment was still sketchy as at the time of going to press, it was gathered that to shield the government from being seen as rejected, top party members allegedly prevailed on Bugaje from making a public pronouncement on the rejection. Online newspaper, TheCable reported that Tallen rejected her nomination on the grounds that there was no “proper consultation.” She had also explained that her decision was done in fairness to other parts of the state.
Speaking to State House correspondents after a meeting with President Buhari on Monday, Plateau State governor, Simon Lalong commended Tallen for her decision. “Pauline is an astute politician from my state, and part of the issue we also raised was on some of the appointments that were made. “So, all the states that had complaints are going to put it in writing and the president promised he is going to look into it,” Lalon said. The governor added: “Well, it is not only about her husband; I think it’s the dimension of Plateau politics because I had already made complaints to Mr President that appointments should not be concentrated in one zone. “And so, all these appointments came again from one zone, in that particular zone. So the complaints that are coming from our state is not about her own personal interest; it is the fact that two ambassadorial appointments are coming from the same zone. “That is my zone. We had complained that the next appointment should go to the other zone, the central and the northern zones. And so, when that appointment came, the kind of uproar that followed also necessitated an intervention. “And I think as a matured politician she stepped down and sacrificed that for the people of Plateau. We are still working on a replacement for that. It is not a big issue but at times a little consultation would have solved that problem because these are issues in the interest of the state. “You can’t have two appointments, very key appointments at that, coming from a particular zone that is already overloaded with appointments. All the federal appointments are from the southern zone, so it would not be fair. That is why we are approaching Mr. President to consider fairness and appoint people from those areas that do not have representation,” he concluded.


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