Nigeria’s Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has gifted no less than fifty (50) high-class cars to supporters and members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of the governorship primary in Kebbi State.
The AGF actions, which sparked mixed reactions both by social media enthusiasts and critics, comes after his declaration to run for governor in Kebbi State.
Malami had on Thursday announced his interest in the position; before gifting out 14 Mercedes Benz GLK, 8 Toyota Prado and other expensive rides to delegates and executives of the APC two days later.
The AGF extended the gesture further by giving out 14 more Mercedes Benz GLK to fourteen Kebbi social media influencers known as ‘Warriors’. These Warriors are said to propagate Malami’s gubernatorial ambition on various social media platforms.
Other beneficiaries of the exotic gifts are four of the AGF’s close associates, who received keys to one Lexus LX 570 each; while some members of the Khadimiyya Foundation, the Khadi Malami Foundation, Malami Drum-Beats, Malami Women Support Organisation and the Aisha Malami Center for Women Development (currently spear-headed by his wife) walked home with Prado SUVs and Toyota Hilux totalling up to twelve (12) combined.
Despite several allegations of curruption that had been previously leveled against Abubakar Malami, many have questioned where the AGF had gotten the money used to purchase the exotic cars, while unnamed Facebook users have condemned the Minister’s actions.
A beneficiary of Malami’s benevolence also came out to state that the gifting was simply his preparation for a formal declaration to run for governor of Kebbi State next year.
However, there have been calls for political parties to disqualify appointees seeking to contest for various elected offices in Nigeria; who failed to resign in accordance to Section 84 (12) of the Electoral Act 2022, that was recently signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari