IMMEDIATE past Kano state governor, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso has justified his absence and that of his loyalists at the weekend national convention of his party, the All Progressive Congress.
In a statement made available to newsmen, Senator Kwankwaso said he took the decision to avoid embarrassment as he noted that the Congress conducted by his faction in Kano state was not accorded recognition.
He, however, congratulated the new chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and other members of the newly elected national working committee.
The statement read in part: ” The All Progressive Congress (APC) group in Kano which I am opportune to lead will like to congratulate and felicitate with the newly elected Chairman H.E Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and his newly elected members of the Executive Council.
“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 recognized 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.”