Immediate-past governor of Kano state and presidential aspirant under the platform of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Senator Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso and his Kwankwasiyya followers were conspicuously missing in action during the Saturday’s state mini-congress of the party held at the Indoor Sports Hall of the Sani Abacha stadium.
Political watchers queried the absence of Kwankwaso at the Congress supervised and conducted by Prince Nwafor Orizu’s five-man committee sent from the party’s national secretariat.
Not even a single redcap, the political trademark of the Kwankwasiyya group, was sighted around the venue of the congress.
Pundits, however, believe that the development could create a huge setback in Kwankwaso’s presidential ambition and political relevance in the state under the platform of APC.
However, the congress which was on-going as at the time of filling this report was peaceful and hitch-free as delegates and thousands of party faithful gathered at the stadium to witness the event.
About 15 candidates who were mostly unopposed participated in the congress as it was apparent that the immediate-past chairman of the party, Prince Abdullahi Abbas will still retain his position.
According to the chairman of the electoral committee, Prince Nwafor Orizu, “this is not a full congress; the idea is to fill in the vacancy created by deaths, resignation and appointment.”
He pledged to supervise transparent, fair and balance elections in line with APC rules and regulations.
Party delegates from across the 44 Local Government Areas of the state converged at the Sani Abacha Indoor Sport Hall to elect the state party executives to run the affairs of the party for the remaining period of the tenure of the out-going executives.
The congress attracted over 2,820 known delegates from 484 political Wards in the state and automatic delegates who comprise former members of state and National Assembly.
The Chairman of the delegates screening committee Alhaji Mohammad Nadu Yahaya stated that, “the contest is open to all members of the party in the state and so far, the number of people that appeared before the screening committee were properly screened and accredited to fully participate in the exercise.
“All the contestants that were also screened met the criteria which qualified them to seek for the vacant positions in the party executive. So, we happy that the exercise is going on smoothly without any rancor or ill-feelings.”