Former governor of Kano State, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, on Sunday gave reasons he and his supporters did not attend the national convention of his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).
In a statement he made available to newsmen on Sunday, the senator and 2015 presidential aspirant of the APC, explained that they avoided the convention owing to the refusal of the former chairman of the party, John Odigie-Oyegun, to recognise the congresses that favoured his loyalists at the state, local government and wards in Kano.
He said, “I wish to inform the leadership of the party and the general public that we had wanted to be part of the national convention but regrettably all the congresses that we conducted at the wards, Local government councils and at the state level were not recognised by the outgoing National executive council of the party.
“Therefore, I felt that presenting ourselves at such an important event will not be in the overall interest of the entire convention, that is assuming we are allowed access into the convention ground.
“Because there are high chances that our presence could create embarrassments and a lot of friction similar or even worse than what occurred in the pavilions of delegations from Imo and Delta States during yesterday’s convention.
However, as the new exco settles to start the efforts of uniting the party we wish you the very best.”
He then congratulated the new national chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, and others elected along him to run the affairs of the party.
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Kwankwaso had instead of being at the Eagles Square, Abuja venue of his party’s convention on Saturday, chosen to visit a former member of the APC and current presidential aspirant under the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) platform, ex-Vice President Atiku Abubakar at his Asokoro, Abuja residence.
There have been speculations that Kwankwaso, who has been in a running political battle with his successor and former deputy, Governor Umar Ganduje over the past two years, may soon dump the APC for his former party the PDP.
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