Malami reportedly withdraws from Kebbi guber race; to remain as Nigeria’s Justice minister, Attorney-General

Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami (SAN)

Nigeria’s Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, has reportedly pulled out of the Kebbi State governorship race, according to Sahara Reporters attributing information to multiple sources.

Malami had in April declared interest in the Kebbi State governorship race.

On Wednesday, May 11, 2022, he submitted his N50 million nomination form at the International Conference Centre.

Several sources close to the minister were quoted to have said he withdrew from the race for fear that he might not get the ticket.

The report said there had been a cold political war between the incumbent governor of Kebbi State, Atiku Bagudu and the political arrowhead of Kebbi, Senator Adamu Alieru over who succeeds the former.

Besides, THE CONCLAVE reports that Malami is from the Gwandu Emirate that has produced all the governors of the state since 1999.

Gwandu Emirate is in Kebbi Central Senatorial zone.

While Bagudu, who chairs the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF), is rooting for Malami as his successor, Aliero, a two-term governor of the state, has Senate Leader, Yahaya Abdullahi as his preferred candidate for the APC governorship ticket.

Aliero’s camp also has Bala Sani Kangiwa, who was removed during the last state congress of the party as their chairman, while the camp of the governor has Abubakar Kana Zuru as chairman.

Two secretariats of the APC now exist in Birnin Kebbi, the state capital.

Whereas Sahara Reporters reports that fearing that he might not get the ticket under the current circumstances, Malami was said to have changed his plan and pulled out of the governorship race; the situation on the ground according to a prominent politician in the state who does not support Malami is that Malami with the support of Governor Bagudu and their war chest can run away with victory at the poll.

Sahara Reporters also quoted a source to have said: “He (Malami) actually pulled out of the race because he knows he can’t win without being the Attorney General.”

THE CONCLAVE called and sent a message to the media aide to Malami, Dr Umar Jubril Gwandu with a view to clarifying issues around his boss. Gwandu did not respond to calls and the text message.

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