Controversy as Malami’s associates in Kebbi receive 30 cars

Abubakar Malami

Some associates of the attorney-general of the federation Abubakar Malami have been gifted 30 exotic cars days after he joined the governorship race.

The beneficiaries included dedicated social media influencers, executive members of Malami’s foundations, and women support groups promoting his governorship ambition.

Among the cars gifted were 14 Mercedes-Benz (GLK), eight Prado SUVs, four Toyota Hilux, and four Lexus LX 570.

Malami recently declared his intention to become governor of Kebbi State. The minister of justice also received N135 million in donations to pursue his governorship ambition.

An official of Kebbi State Government Zaidu Bala congratulated one of the beneficiaries of the vehicles in a Facebook post.

“Congratulations Abdulrahman Ibrahim Sahihi May God bless the car gifted to you by (AGF) Attorney General of the Federation Cika Malami,” Mr Bala wrote in Hausa.

Malami’s spokesman Umar Gwandu, however, told Premium Times on Tuesday that the rumour of Malami gifting the vehicles to party delegates and members was “mischievous and misconstrued.”

He said, “The recent donation of N135m has opened doors for donations and supports of many items including vehicles by well-wishers.

“It was friends and associates of Malami who donated and distributed vehicles to long term workers in the Khadimiyya Foundation.

“The occasion was not for the distribution of vehicles to any APC stakeholder. None of the APC stakeholders or delegates in Kebbi State was given any vehicle by Malami.”