Drama in Senate as third presidential nominee rejects Buhari

Another nominee of President Buhari, Professor Akintunde Akinwande, has turned down the President’s offer to work with his administration.

Professor Akinwande was nominated by the president to head the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC.

This came barely 48 hours after minister and deputy governor of Plateau State, Mrs. Pauline Tallen, turned down her ambassadorial nomination for lack of consultation.

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The Professor Akinwande also refused to his date of birth, qualifications, specialization, post-graduate experience and NYSC.

In a list of nominees circulated by the committee, demographics of all other nominees were intact, except that of the prof.

A source privy to the development said Akinwande turned down the nomination “Because he was not dully consulted.

“He is also not ready to leave his present businesses to take up the job.

According to the source, Akinwande also refused to present himself to DSS for security checks.

Speaking to journalists after the drama, Chairman of the Committee, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, decried the prof’s behavior.

Abaribe also said the NERC is an important government agency which cannot operate properly without a chairman.

“Regrettably, when members of the committee assembled to screen the nominees made by President Buhari, we were told that the chairman designate was unavoidably absent.

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“The Presidential liaison who brought the nominees informed us that the chairman was unavoidably absent.

“The commission is vital and cannot function without a chairman,” Abaribe stated emphatically.

“Abaribe also assured that the committee was ready to screen the nominees, said “we cannot screen them until we have a formal communication from the Presidency.”

Other nominees for the board appointment include Sanusi Garuba (Vice Chairman), Nathan R. Shatti (commissioner), Dr. Moses Arigu (commissioner), Dafe C. Akpeneye (commissioner), Prof. Frank Okafor (commissioner) and Musiliu O. Oseni (commissioner).