The nominee, Professor Akintunde Akinwande, failed to appear for a senatorial screening on Tuesday, October 25.

Akinwande is said to have rejected the nomination because he wasn’t consulted.

“We also learnt that enough consultation was not made before the man was nominated. We were informed that the nominee may have turned down his nomination,” a source told The Nation.

The source also said that Akinwande is currently involved in a project at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Reacting to Akinwande’s absence, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, said there was no way the screening could hold.

“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. The commission is vital and cannot function without a chairman,” he added.

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Akinwande’s rejection comes days after former deputy governor of Plateau State, Pauline Tallenrejected an ambassadorial nomination from the president.