A former governorship candidate in Katsina State, Usman Bugaje, has rejected his nomination as an ambassador.
President Muhammadu Buhari submitted Mr. Bugaje’s name alongside 45 others last week for Senate approval.
The Senate has yet to consider and approve the names.
Another nominee, Pauline Tallen, a former Plateau State deputy governor, had earlier turned down her nomination.
Mr. Bugaje, who contested governorship election on the platform of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, announced his decision on Thursday.
In a Facebook post, he said his hands were full and he would not take up the appointment.
His state reads:
Regarding the published nomination for an ambassadorial posting, I have not spoken to the press and may not do so anytime soon.
I thank those who think me fit for the job, but I have so much in my hands already, especially the Arewa Research and Development Project (ARDP), which is the only broad platform in the North driving development. I have weighed the options and have decided to remain home and continue the struggle for development and good governance.
Thank you for the concern, support and prayers.