Former Governor of Kano State, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, on Monday said the erstwhile national leadership of the All Progressives Congress led by Chief John Odigie-Oyegun frustrated his desire to attend Saturday’s national convention of the All Progressives Congress in Abuja.
In a statement he personally issued, Kwankwaso said all the ward, local government and state congresses conducted by his faction in Kano State were not recognised by the former National Working Committee led by Odigie-Oyegun.
As such, he and his supporters stated away from the convebtion ground to avoid being turned back at the gate.
He congratulated the new National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, on his ejection and urged him to work for the interest of all members of the party.
The statement reads: “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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Because there are high chances that our presence could create an embarrassment 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.”