Kwankwaso Shunned APC Convention Because Party Refused To Recognise Faction

👤 By Abdul Tukur

The former Governor of Kano State Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso did not attend the mega convention of the All Progressives Congress that took place at the Eagle Square in Abuja on Saturday.

Instead, Senator Kwankwaso who represents Kano Central Senatorial District meet up with an ex-Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar at his Asokoro residence.

It is not certain what the two men, who were members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, discussed at the private meeting which began at about 8.30pm and lasted for 45 minutes.

Both politicians joined other members to form the new PDP, and were instrumental in helping to remove an incumbent President through the poll. It was the first time that had happened in Nigeria.

Many hope that the feat can be replaced again. Mr Abubakar and Senator Kwankwaso have ambition to unseat President Muhammadu Buhari.

Although, Mr Abubakar, who defected back to the PDP last year, has publicly declared his intention to be President in 2019, Senator Kwankwaso, who leads the strong Kwankwasiya movement, is yet to make any announcement.

Members of the Kwankwasiya moment have urged their leader to adopt a new party as those loyal to President Buhari within the APC would rig the party Presidential primaries against the Senator.

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The lawmaker was influential in the 2015 elections that brought the ruling party into the centre of Nigerian politics. However, since the APC got into power, Senator Kwankwaso and his successor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, have been at loggerheads.

Due to the fractions between the two, Senator Kwankwaso, was asked to shelve plans of any rally in Kano.

To piss Senator Kwankwaso even more, “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.”

It was in this light that it was decided that “presenting ourselves at such an important event will not be in the overall interest of the entire convention,” he said in a statement seen by DENISAURUS News.

In the statement, the lawmaker said it was not even sure if his faction would have been granted “access into the convention ground.

“Because there are high chances that our presence could create 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.”

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