New Nigeria Peoples Party presidential candidate Rabiu Kwankwaso has explained why he missed the opening ceremony of the Nigerian Bar Association’s 2022 Annual Conference held in Lagos on Monday.
The PUNCH reported that the NBA conference, themed “BOLD Transitions,” featured leading presidential candidates such as Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi of the Peoples Democratic Party and the Labour Party, respectively.
The program was scheduled to take place from August 19 to 26, 2022.
The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, was also absent from the event but was represented by his vice president, Kashim Shettima.
The letter, which Kwankwaso’s campaign spokesman Abdulmumin Jubril released late Monday through his verified Twitter account, said, “I acknowledge receipt of your letter on the above subject and wish to inform you that I am unable to attend this very important conference due to other pressing national engagements.
“Under the circumstances, I would have sent my counterpart, Bishop Isaac Idahosa, to represent me and share with you our perspectives for a new and prosperous Nigeria. But unfortunately, he is not in the country at the moment.
“I therefore wish to sincerely apologize for not being able to be present and assure you that the New Nigeria People’s Party shares with the NBA a common vision for peace, unity and prosperity in our beloved country.”