The Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami has joined the race for the Kebbi State governorship seat in 2023.
The Minister declared his intention on Thursday, and would be seeking the ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Naija News understands.
According to Malami in a report published by The Nation, he joined the race in response to calls from his people to serve the state as their Governor.
On April 5, 2022, was reported to have declared his intent to run for the governorship of Kebbi State.
Malami’s declaration during the report was captured in a video posted by Arise TV on Tuesday April 5, 2022 during which he said;
“If God in his mercies permits, and all goes well, I will as a politician contest the governorship of Kebbi State. I am seeking your support,” Malami said.
Stressing that he has a sterling record of being loyal, the Chief Law Officer of the nation solicited the support of Kebbi residents to realise his governorship ambition.
“I want to announce that I will contest indeed, and as such, I am counting on your prayers and support so that we can all work and survive the race together,” he added.
“I have no history of betrayal, and I won’t betray you, people. I will work for you.”
There was a backlash that trailed the publication about his aspiration to run for Kebbi State Governor which prompted a quick reaction from his Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations, Dr. Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, when he released a statement that what the Chief Law Officer said the video was “mischievously translated with fabricated insertions and interpolations that cannot in spirit and context establish the malinformation circulated.”
He added, “The clarification became necessary in view of a false and fabricated publication in some section of the media. (Now we know who was fabricating insertions and interpolations what)
“Gwandu said the declaration to contest for a political position was never a hidden affair or clandestine operation that could be reported as a scoop by a section of the media. He said the report was triggered out of curiosity and eagerness by followers and loyalists.”
In 2020, after a series of detailed investigations carried out by SaharaReporters, the online media showed that Malami had acquired several properties whose value run into many billions of naira since being appointed into the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari as Nigeria’s chief law officer.
For example, the AGF has an underground hotel in Sokoto, three houses at Peace Estate, Abuja, a brand new state of the art school in Kebbi, two houses for his sons worth N100m each and a new hotel under construction in the Jabi area of Abuja.
Malami also bought a house this year worth N150m in the Gwarimpa area of Abuja.
The newly constructed school is located at the back of NITEL in Gesse Phase 1, Birnin Kebbi, while a new house worth N600m on Ahmadu Bello Way, Nasarawa GRA, Kano, are among properties acquired by Malami since he became a minister under President Buhari.
The houses he built for his sons in Kebbi are 200 meters apart in a posh part of the city.
That is not all. Malami also built a N3billion multipurpose event centre in Kebbi State named Azbir Arena for his son in Kebbi.
The facility is said to be an entertainment centre with a plaza and kids playing section and an ongoing hotel all in one place.
This is apart from Rayhaan Hotel located on Zaria Road, opposite Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, which the AGF massively upgraded using proceeds of corruption.
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