The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, was conspicuously absent at the Peoples Democratic Party rally held in Sokoto on Saturday.
The speaker, a key figure in the PDP, hails from the state.
The rally, held to welcome a former Governor of the state, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa, back to the PDP, was attended by key party chieftains, including President Goodluck Jonathan, Vice President Namadi Sambo and Senate President David Mark.
The PDP governors present at the event were Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State, Babangida Aliyu of Niger State, Usman Dakingari of Kebbi State, Liyel imoke of Cross River State, Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State, Ramallan Yero of Kaduna State, Isa Yuguda of Bauchi State, Ibrahim Shema of Katsina State and Idris Wada of Kogi State.
Also at the event were the Minister of Special Duties, Taminu Turaki; former Minister of Defence, Bello Haliru; the National Security Adviser, retired Colonel Sambo Dasuki; a former Governor of Niger State, Alhaji Abdulkadir Kure; a former Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris; and former President of the Senate, Chief Ken Namani, among others.