According to a source, Nasir El-Rufai, the former governor of Kaduna State, reportedly withdrew his application to be a minister under President Bola Tinubu.
He not only resigned from his position as a minister, but he also suggested Jafaru Ibrahim Sani, who held the position of commissioner for three ministries in Kaduna State: local government, education, and environment.
After the Senate decided not to confirm El-Rufai and two other nominees, Stella Okotete of Delta State and Sani A Danladi of Taraba State, the report was released.
Recall that the Senate, under Senator Godswill Akpabio as the President, confirmed 45 out of 48 nominees submitted by Tinubu.
The Red Chamber legislative arm said El-Rufai, Okotete, and Danladi were not confirmed due to security checks.
The ex-governor, who is a fervent admirer of the President, reportedly turned down the invitation to work as a minister in the government, according to a report by Premium Times on Friday that cited sources in the Presidency.
According to reports, El-Rufai gave Tinubu the assurance that he would keep making his individual contribution to national development.
In the report, it was stated that the former governor “needed time to focus on his doctorate programme at a university in The Netherlands” and that Sani would be “very useful and resourceful” in the administration. Sani also gave the President assurances to that effect.