Nigeria’s Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has finally reacted to speculations being carried by Nigerians that the minister, having declared his intention to contest for Governor in Kebbi State, distributed 200 vehicles to the state All Progressive Congress (APC) governorship primary election delegates.
According to SaharaReporters, the minister, on Tuesday, clarified that it was his foundations that shared 200 Mercedes and Toyota SUVs to long-term workers of the NGOs and not Kebbi’s APC officials.
Mr Malami, in an interactive session with journalist in Birnin Kebbi, claimed that the exotic vehicles were distributed by Khadi Malami and Khadimiyya for Justice and Development Initiative, non-governmental organisations he had been “associated with” over the years.
In his words:
“As a person with some associates, neither I nor a friend of mine shared any vehicle to any delegate across the state.”
“Let me state categorically that some of the foundations, as Khadi Malami and Khadimiyya for Justice and Development Initiative I am associated with over time, have workers who have demonstrated a greater capacity in the development of the state.”
However, Peoples Gazette has affirmed that that the minister is the founder of Khadi Malami and Khadimiyya for Justice and Development Initiative.
Speaking further Mr Malami, made it known that the supporters of his NGOs distributed the vehicles to long-term workers in the foundation. he said:
“In appreciation of what the workers of the associations have been doing in the state and beyond, the supporters of the associations, collectively and individually, decided to solicit for support from well-meaning Nigerians that have been supporting the NGOs in order to reward those that have been manning the affairs of the NGOs.”
Mr Malami stressed further that even though he had a discussion with APC stakeholders some days before the vehicles were distributed, it was not connected to the distribution of the vehicles.
“I know I had an interactive session with APC stakeholders some days ago and had accepted calls from Kebbi people to run for the state governorship; the meeting was not for distribution of vehicles to any APC stakeholder.”
The minister reiterated that he has never one way or the other gifted any APC stakeholder or delegate in Kebbi State any vehicle, and stated that he has not yet donated any vehicle to any delegate.
Malami disclosed that he has faced many attacks from Nigerians after the vehicles were shared to the beneficiaries. he told journalists:
“At this moment, I have experienced a barrage of attacks, left, right and centre, some are local and others international, an attack that has to do with an allegation that I shared many expensive vehicles to delegates of APC.”
Peoples Gazette had reported that the 200 vehicles comprised 60 Toyota Prado SUVs, 65 Toyota RAV4 SUVs, 35 Mercedes Benz GLK 350 SUVs and 40 Lexus LX SUVs, according to a Kebbi politician.
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