Senatorial Bye-election: Supporters Accuse Minister Pauline Tallen of Betrayal




From Yakubu Busari, Jos


Mrs Pauline Tallen



Supporters of Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs Pauline Tallen have threatened to reject her invitation to support her planned candidate for the bye-election into the Plateau South Senatorial District.

The electoral seat became vacant with the recent death of Senator Ignatius Longjam.

The aggrieved supporters told journalists they were tired of what they termed “game of use and dump”, by the Minister, claiming that she neglected them after the overwhelming support they gave her candidate over that of the state governor, Simon Lalong, during the 2019 poll.

Information available to our medium shows the minister has chosen to support her nephew who is currently serving as commissioner in one of the ministries in the state.

The supporters say her new alliance with the governor would leave them high and dry, politically.

“In the area of appointment, she has quite selectively showing preference for her relations, those who never worked for victory but want to reap the fruits,” said the aggrieved members of her team, adding, “however, we are battle ready to display our arsenal so let her not make attempt of showing interest or bringing any candidate.”

Upon further questioning, the group however admitted, “ only one of us was favoured to be sent to work as a security detail to the Niger Delta Minister.”

The Minister who was former Deputy Governor of Plateau State to Governor Jonah David Jang is now working on a different path with her political alliances, they allege.

Prelude to picking the Ministerial slot, Mrs Tallen had showed her strength when she vied for Plateau South senatorial seat against the favoured candidate of Gov Lalong.  Goemai sons and daughters of the district frowned at the contest but could not stop it.

As Minister she is said to have switched camp to the governor’s, something former Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Barr Solomon alluded to recently when he accused the Lalong administration of standing with Mrs Pauline Tallen in an alliance that has become detrimental to the interest of his people, the Tarok.

Attempts to reach the Minister for her reaction through her press assistant, Mr  Samuel Macham proved abortive as he fobbed off any approach on the subject.