Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso has explained his absence at the convention of the All Progressives Congress, APC, on Saturday in Abuja. Kwankwaso had shunned the convention in favour of a visit to former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, where they had a meeting. “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,” the statement read. “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 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,” Kwankwaso said in a statement in Sunday. Kwankwaso has numerous supporters in Kano state but Ganduje is in control of the party structure.