2nd Ambassadorial Nominee Turns Down Buhari’s Apointment
-Kastina Appointee, Usman Bugaje Follows pauline Tallen’s Steps
Usman Bugaje, an ambassadorial nominee from Kastina state, has turned down his appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Bugaje is the second nominee to reject the offer, after Pauline Tallen, former deputy governor of Plateau state, turned it down as well.
While Tallen announced her decision to decline the appointment in public, Bugaje prevailed on by top government officials not to announce his rejection of the offer in the media.
Tallen had 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.
On Monday, She explained her reasons for turning down her ambassadorial nomination.
Talilen said “proper consultation was not done” before her nomination was announced.
She also said she rejected the offer in order to be fair to other parts of the state in terms of federal appointments.
Tallen, a former minister of science and technology and Labour Party governorship candidate in Plateau in 2011, said this in Abuja.
“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,” she said.
“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.”
Tallen said that President Muhammadu Buhari gave her another option and also assured her that Plateau would not miss its two slots.
The former deputy governor, who appreciated Buhari for the honour, said that her name was not included in the list of nominees and was surprised when the announcement was made.
Meanwhile,Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong has described 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,” he said while interacting with newsmen in Abuja.
“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 shock because what happened was without proper consultation.”
The governor said that his administration was working toward addressing the issue of balancing appointments, and pointed out that he had already discuss the issue with Mr President in their last meeting.
Lalong said that the opposition was already saying that the appointments were lopsided, but stressed his administration was a government of change and they would only do what would favour all sections of the state.
He appreciated Tallen for her decision, and assured the people that their quota would be filled.
Speaking to state house correspondents after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, Simon Lalong, Plateau state governor, 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,” he said.
“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.”
Regarding Tallen’s decision to reject the appointment, Lalong said: “Well, it is not only about her husband; I think is the dimension of plateau politics because I had already made complaints to Mr President that appointments should not be concentrated in one zone.