Former Governor of Kano State, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, on Sunday explained why he was absent at the National Convention of All Progressive Congress.
Kwankwaso said he stayed away to avert friction at the event.
He congratulated Comrade Adams Oshiomhole for his emergence as the National Chairman of the party.
Kwankwaso had while the convention was ongoing at the Eagle Square in Abuja paid a night visit to former Vice President and leading presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, also in Abuja.
Abubakar defected from the APC to the PDP.
Both Abubakar and Kwankwaso were members of New PDP that joined other political parties to form the APC.
Reacting to the report of his absence at the convention on his Twitter handle, Kwankwaso said: “The APC group in Kano which I am opportune to lead will like to congratulate and felicitate with the newly elected Chairman H.E Comrd. Adams Oshiomhole and his newly elected Exco.
“I wish to inform the leadership and the general public that we had wanted to be part of the convention but regrettably all the congresses that we conducted at the wards, LGs & State level were not recognized by the outgoing National Exco.
“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 our presence could create embarrassments & friction similar or even worse than what occurred in Imo & Delta States pavilion during the convention. However, as the new EXCO settle to start the efforts of uniting the party we wish them the very best.”