Women affairs minister Pauline Tallen says she prefers remaining as a minister in President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet to pursuing her senatorial ambition in the 2023 general elections.
Ms Tallen disclosed this in a statement, explaining that her decision was to enable her focus on the foundation laid towards the advancement and realisation of gender equality in leadership positions in the country.
“With profound gratitude and great humility, I have decided to voluntarily step down from the senatorial race sequel to the yearnings of women and other well-meaning Nigerians, who see the need for a strong voice for women at the Senate having consulted widely with my family, well-wishers and supporters conscious of the role I play for women in Nigeria today,” the minister explained.
She added, “So to all Nigerian women and young girls who have raised concerns as to what next, rest assured that I, Dame Pauline K. Tallen, OFR, KSG have not submitted any resignation letter. And therefore, it is my decision not to go ahead with this request but carry on as the Minister of Women Affairs.”
According to her, Buhari’s commitment to the advancement of women, necessitated the need for her to continue as the minister, which will aid in addressing challenges affecting women and children.
“Our nation has a long-standing commitment in overcoming the challenges that inhibit women from bringing about positive changes and the requisite impacts when given a place at the table of decision making,” stated Ms Tallen. “My appointment as the Minister of Women Affairs is indicative of this progress and I cannot lose sight of this opportunity.”
The minister expressed appreciation to Aisha Buhari, her constituency and all well-wishers for their continuous support.
On May 8, Ms Tallen announced that she would vie for the Plateau South Senatorial seat.
Plateau South Senatorial District covers six local government areas namely, Langtang North, Langtang South, Mikang, Qua’anpan, Shendam, and Wase.
Buhari had on Thursday, issued a directive to all appointees seeking nomination ahead of the APC primaries to resign on or before May 16. The directive followed the decision of the Court of Appeal to dismiss a suit that challenged section 84(12) of the Electoral Act, which prohibits appointees from participating in a convention as a delegate or nominee.