I have not declared that I am running for Governor of Kebbi.

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar MalamiHe said Tuesday that he has not yet declared himself a candidate for any political office. A statement from his spokesman, Umar Gwandu, said the clarification became necessary after “a false and fabricated publication in some sections of the media.” “The Federation Attorney General and Minister of Justice, (Dr.) Abubakar Malami, SAN has not yet declared an interest in running for any elective office in 2023,” Gwandu said. Although Mr. Malami has yet to publicly declare that he will run for governor of his home state, Kebbi, in the upcoming 2023 general election, he is believed to have been fueling the governorship ambition for many years. Mr Malami is believed to have been quick to enforce a court ruling that struck down section 84 (12) of the recently amended Electoral Act to ensure his good performance as governor and to keep his coveted position as AGF just before the next elections. The novel section 84(12) of the Electoral Act prohibited political appointees from voting as delegates at party conventions or congresses for the election or nomination of candidates. If allowed to stand, the groundbreaking provision would prematurely force Mr. Malami out of office as AGF to realize his ambition for governor. The other option would have been for him to give up the governor’s ambition to remain AGF until the end of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration in May 2023. A prominent senior lawyer, Femi Falana, accused Mr. Malami of manipulating the Federal High Court in the matter of section 84 (12) of the Electoral Law. The National Assembly, which curiously was not a party to the suit in the trial court, warned Malami against rushing the trial and vowed to appeal against the widely criticized verdict. ‘Expect to hear from me at the appropriate time’ Malami, through the statement issued by his spokesman on Tuesday, said that his interest “in running for political office was never a hidden affair or a clandestine operation that could be reported as a scoop by a section of the media.” A video surfaced on social media on Monday circulating as the purported statement, which Malami’s spokesman described as “maliciously translated with fabricated inserts and interpolations that cannot, in spirit and context, establish the misinformation circulating.” Mr. Gwandu noted that, at the appropriate time, Nigerians would “hear word of mouth before the dazzling gaze of the media, stakeholders, like-minded people, party faithful and many supporters”, as to Mr. Malami’s intention to run for office in 2023. Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; I have not declared that I am running for Governor of Kebbi.