By Ibrahim Adeleke
After purchasing the All Progressives Congress (APC) expression of interest and nomination forms to contest the Plateau South Senatorial election, the Women Affairs Minister, Pauline Tallen, has announced her withdrawal from the race.
The minister, who made this known in a statement on Monday, said her decision to withdraw was borne out of her passion to 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.
“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.”
Tallen said President Buhari’s commitment to the advancement of women necessitated the need for her to continue as the minister, adding that it will aid in addressing challenges affecting women and children.
“Our nation has a long-standing commitment to 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.
“My appointment as the Minister of Women Affairs is indicative of this progress and I cannot lose sight of this opportunity.”