Pauline Tallen, women affairs minister.

Pauline Tallen, Women Affairs Minister, has withdrawn from next year’s Plateau South senatorial race after purchasing the N20 million expression of interest and nomination forms of the All Progressive Congress (APC).

This is coming on the deadline which President Muhammadu Buhari directed members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) seeking elective offices in 2023 to quit from his cabinet.

Mrs Tallen withdrew from the race in a statement on Monday, claiming her decision 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.

She also 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.

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“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. “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.

“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.”

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