Fidelity bank banner Bayelsa State banner
Ex-Deputy Governor, another political heavyweight reject nomination as ambassadors •Disquiet over Buhari’s list

By News Express on 24/10/2016

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+

Views: 1,803

There are discordant tunes within the ranks of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) over the list of non-career ambassadors sent to the National Assembly on Thursday. While some stakeholders lament “smuggling” of outsiders to pick the plump jobs, some of those who made the list are said to be unexcited over political implications of such postings.

Politicians in many states such as Borno, Kaduna, Kano, Abia, Gombe, Katsina and Kwara, among others, were said to be piqued by the names submitted as representatives of their states, as against personalities who had helped the party to power during the 2015 elections.
However, some active politicians who have been expectant of political appointments were said to be disappointed for being included in the ambassadorial list as they see that as inimical to their political aspirations.
Two of the named ambassadors-designate, Dr. Usman Bugaje (Katsina) and Mrs. Pauline Tallen (Plateau), have so far declined the appointments, as some active politicians on the list are said to be likely to opt out of the job.
While Mrs. Tallen made public her intention to refuse the post, another nominee, Dr. Bugaje, was said to be prevailed upon by top government officials from addressing a press conference to decline the post, hours after the announcement on Thursday.
Tallen cited her ailing husband as the reason for her inability to take up the job, saying nursing her spouse was more important than going for the posting. The former deputy governor described her decision to decline the position as a difficult one.
A source, however, last night informed Blueprint that the Plateau State politician’s decision to decline the offer may not be unconnected with the recent altercation between President Muhammadu Buhari’s wife, Hajiya Aisa Buhari, and some people around the president.
Mrs. Tallen is a close associate of Mrs. Buhari, often representing the latter at public functions.
“You know the First Lady had wanted her as the minister from Plateau Sate but those around the president dropped her name in favour of Solomon Dalung. You should also know that she is a politician with ambition; once she is out of the country it means she’s out of the equation.
“But it is not only Mrs. Tallen that is faced with such difficult career choice. There are also other politicians, like the man from Bauchi. They are really afraid of losing their steam politically,” the source explained.
As for Bugaje, who was said to have learnt about his nomination only after the announcement, he had invited some pressmen to announce his declining of the offer when his associates in the government hinted his two friends, who stormed the office to avert the press briefing.
The former national secretary of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) was said to be incensed by lack of consultation prior to the appointment.
When the press conference was halted, Bugaje then put a call through the Chief of Staff to the President, Malam Abba Kyari, to give the Villa the piece of his mind and announce his refusal.
Efforts to reach Bugaje yesterday proved abortive as he did not answer repeated calls from our correspondent. He also did not reply a text message sent to him as at the time of going to press.
This is not the first time appointees of President Muhammadu Buhari are declining his call to service.
In February, a staunch supporter of the president, Hajiya Najatu Mohammed, declined her appointment as the chair of the Governing Council of the Federal University, Dutse, because she was not consulted before the appointment.
One of the vice chancellors appointed at the time, Prof. Auwalu Yadudu, later silently refused his post as vice chancellor of the Federal University, Birnin Kebbi, based on the controversial legality of the sack of the sitting vice chancellors.
Ambassadorial duties require one to relocate to the country of posting and take full charge of economic, political and social ties between Nigeria and the other country.
Adapted from a Blueprint report. Photo shows Pauline Tallen.

Source News Express

Posted 24/10/2016 1:40:36 PM


Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+



REVEALED: 3 natural ways to get stronger erections, last 25 minutes on bed, and increase manhood size without using drugs. Also, Natural Prostrate Enlargement Remedy.. Get In HERE...


You may also like...
Kwara dissolves local government councils

Bloodshed across Nigeria worrisome — Gowon

BREAKING NEWS: Buhari declares for 2019 Presidency

Pictured: Igbo radicals who stormed Enugu radio/TV to...

Group petitions International Criminal Court over attacks, killings...

FG sues Supreme Court Registrar for N2.2bn fraud...

Dare-devil Boko Haram Commander meets waterloo •His last...

Buhari hails ECOWAS’ biometric ID card

18 percent of Anambra children under age 5...

Biafra Youth warns against military action, threatens to...

Senate postpones Magu’s screening for confirmation as EFCC...

1.3m defecate openly in Edo — UNICEF


Latest News Gunmen abduct, gang-rape 5 activists at gunpoint UPDATE: DSS Operatives storm Senator Abaribe's Abuja home 9 Shiite members in police net over killing of policeman Judge’s withdrawal stalls Innoson’s arraignment 2 siblings docked over alleged kidnap of 3-year-old boy Police lied; we didn’t attack anyone — Islamic Movement of Nigeria 14 docked for cultism, arms possession in Ogun Oyo Govt seals 50 companies over non-payment of tax Court refuses to order forfeiture of funds in accounts without BVN Don’t allow politicians to use you, CJN advises judges Buhari salutes Super Eagles over their victory against Iceland, urges them to defeat Argentina Atiku visits PDP Secretariat, reiterate commitment towards a better Nigeria


Most Read Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (352,645 views) NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (352,244 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (280,606 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (230,366 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (209,243 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (209,068 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (182,033 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (164,181 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (154,046 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (148,818 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (144,019 views) Gunmen kill ASP, 2 other police officers in vain bid to kidnap Rivers PDP chieftain (135,801 views)


Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (50) Business & Economy (3,263) Business Verdict (44) Columnists (871) Complaints & Requests (94) Enterprise & Opportunities (207) Entertainment (505) Features (607) Global Business Monitor (284) International (2,047) Interview (155) Live Commentary (28) Love Matters (124) News (36,411) Opinion (1,005) Pidgin (10) Politics (5,304) Religion (772) Sports (1,557) Stock Watch (30) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update


CBN banner

Firstmobile banner




Argentina vs Croatia Goals


APO Group Partner




GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member



Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera