Abubakar Malami, the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, has withdrawn from the gubernatorial contest in Kebbi State.
Malami, who had previously stated his ambition to succeed Atiku Bagudu, the current governor of Kebbi State, in 2023, has opted to stay in President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet.
Remember that Malami was one of the ministers that resigned in order to pursue their political ambitions.
On Friday, President Buhari attended a farewell meeting for members of his cabinet who are retiring to pursue their political goals in 2023.
Malami, on the other hand, confirmed his withdrawal from the Kebbi State Governorship campaign in a statement shared to Vanguard on Saturday.
“I have not resigned as Attorney General of the Federation; I have merely withdrew from the Kebbi governorship election,” the minister added.
In a similar event, Femi Falana, a human rights lawyer, has suggested that ministers who resigned from President Buhari’s cabinet owing to political ambitions may only be reappointed after Senate approval.
Falana, who called their decision “illegal,” said it was “a flagrant violation of section 306 (2) of the Constitution,” which states that “the resignation of any person from any office established by this Constitution shall take effect when the writing signifying the resignation is received by the authority or person to whom it is addressed, or by any person authorised by that authority or person to receive it.”
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