A pro-democracy group, Youth Advocacy for Good Governance, has canvassed support for the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, towards becoming the next governor of Kebbi State.
The Convener of the group, Abdussamad Aliyu-Dogondaji, in a statement sent to DAILY NIGERIAN on Friday, noting that having Mr Malami as a governor in Kebbi would help the entrenchment of good governance in the state.
According to the group, the minister is a pro-democracy advocate, “having fought and still fighting for a just society”.
Mr Aliyu-Dogondaji said: “The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, is a seasoned legal practitioner, and Senior Advocate of Nigeria and an indigene of Kebbi State.
“We, therefore, feel that Malami deserves to be the next governor of Kebbi State, following his course as a pro-democracy advocate who fought and is still fighting for a just society.
“We believe that his vast knowledge and wealth of experience as a legal practitioner for over 28 years makes him qualified for the governorship position in the state.
“Aside from being a lawyer, Mr Malami is also an experienced politician having been the National Legal Adviser of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change and was actively involved in the formation of the All Progressive Congress, APC, in 2013.
“He was the resource person to the Manifesto Drafting Sub-Committee of Inter Joint Party Merger Committees between the Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, and the All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP.
“Recall that Mr Malami had in 2014, contested for the state governorship ticket under the APC platform in Kebbi, but lost the primaries to Atiku Bugudu.
“This, we think, is the right time for Governor Bagudu, the current governor of the state, to rally his support for Mr Malami.
“Also worthy of mentioning is that, Mr Malami as of the time of his first and second appointment as the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice by President Muhammadu Buhari, in 2015 and 2019 respectively, is the youngest amongst the appointed ministers.
“This gives him an overhead over any other gubernatorial aspirant in the state,” the group noted.