Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami has pulled out of the 2023 Kebbi State Governorship race.
WITHIN NIGERIA recalls that Malami joined the race to succeed Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State last month.
APC executives in the ward and local government were said to have pledged their support to the minister.
Shortly after, some associates of the minister received exotic cars as gifts. Many of the beneficiaries were workers at the Khadimiyya for Justice and Development Initiative, a foundation he established.
The car gifts triggered backlash as some said it was a move to get Malami soft landing ahead of the APC governorship primaries.
According to Daily Trust, the minster, who was among those President Muhammadu Buhari bade farewell at Aso Rock earlier on Friday, had opted out of the race.
Sources close to the minister said that Malami had withdrawn from the race.
Malami’s media aide, Umar Gwandu, however, said he was not aware of the development.
He simply said, “I have not been officially briefed.”