The Attorney-General of the Federation, AGF Abubakar Malami has shared 200 Mercedes and Toyota SUVs with Kebbi delegates ahead of the 2023 general elections, with his sights set on the governorship seat in the state.
Malami has been lavishing exotic gifts on party delegates to earn their support, loyalty, and votes for the governorship primary elections scheduled for May 23 since announcing his candidacy on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in April.
According to a Kebbi politician present at the distribution event, the latest gifts comprise 200 automobiles, including 60 Toyota Prado SUVs, 65 Toyota RAV4 SUVs, 35 Mercedes Benz GLK 350 SUVs, and 40 Lexus LX SUVs. Photos of the vehicles were circulated on social media on Monday morning.
More vehicles are anticipated to be delivered to lawmakers around the state before and after the primaries, according to the politician, who requested anonymity due to his strong ties to Mr Malami’s campaign.
The AGF’s active pursuit of his political ambitions while serving as a minister has sparked debate and raised issues about his eligibility to run.
AGF Abubakar Malami explained why he refused to quit.
He cited the contentious expungement of section 84(12) of the Electoral Act, 2022, which states that “no political appointee at any level shall be a voting delegate or be voted for at the convention or congress of any political party for the purpose of the nomination of candidates for any election.”
Malami feels he may keep his job as AGF and Justice Minister while pursuing his political ambitions until the erased section is restored by an appellate court.
The speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, warned last week that such obstinacy could lead to the annulment of the APC primaries.