Usman Bugaje, another ambassadorial nominee from Kastina State, has rejected his nomination by President Muhammadu Buhari.
His rejection is coming barely days after Pauline Tallen, former deputy governor of Plateau state, overtly rejected the president’s offer.
While Tallen made her decision known publicly on her Facebook account, The Cable learnt that Bugaje yielded to advances from top government officials not to announce his rejection of the offer to the media.
Speaking to newsmen after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, Simon Lalong, Plateau state governor, commended Tallen for her decision.
He said: “Pauline is an astute politician from my state, and part of the issue we also raised was on some of the appointments that were made.”
“So, all the states that had complaints are going to put it in writing and the president promised he is going to look into it.”
With respect to Tallen’s decision to reject the appointment, Lalong said:
“Well, it is not only about her husband; I think is the dimension of plateau politics because I had already made complaints to Mr President that appointments should not be concentrated in one zone.
“And so, all these appointments came again from one zone, in that particular zone. So the complaints that are coming from our state is not about her own personal interest; it is the fact that two ambassadorial appointments are coming from the same zone.
“That is my zone. We had complained that the next appointment should go to the other zone, the central and the northern zone. And so when that appointment came, the kind of uproar that followed also necessitated an intervention.
“And I think as a matured politician she stepped down and sacrificed that for the people of Plateau. We are still working on a replacement for that. It is not a big issue but at times a little consultation would have solved that problem because these are issues in the interest of the state.
“You can’t have two appointments, very key appointments at that, coming from a particular zone that is already overloaded with appointments. All the federal appointments are from the southern zone, so it would not be fair. That is why we are approaching Mr. President to consider fairness and appoint people from those areas that do not have representation.”