Chief Whip of the Senate and former Governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, has urged All Progressives Congress, APC, National Executive Council, NEC to extend the tenure of the Governor Mai Mala Buni-led APC Caretaker Committee to March 2021.
In a statement signed by Kunle Oyewumi of Kalu media office on Monday , the Chief Whip said there is no need for fire brigade approach on the December proposed convention stressing that winning Edo state election should be considered paramount to the party at the moment.
He contended that it would not be in the overall interest of the party if the caretaker committee could not offer their best due to time constraints
According to him, the majority of the participants would be very busy with their national tasks during the December proposed period.
The former Senator noted that National Assembly lawmakers and ministers will be on the budget preparation and defense and will not be in a better position to offer their best to the party.
Kalu said, “It is with deep Patriotic concerns and the future growth of our great party that I am appealing to the National Executive Council to consider extending the tenure of Governor Mai Mala Buni-led APC Caretaker Committee to March 2021 against the December proposed period. This is to give the caretaker committee members the needed time to put things in order and hand over properly to a new leadership in the end.
“I don’t see any need of fire brigade approach for them to hand over to a new leadership by December. The committee is expected to focus their attention on Edo State because the Edo State election will determine the strength of any new leadership.“
He further stated that holding the convention in December would also not give the party the desired results needed.
This according to him was “because National Assembly will soon enter budget presentation and defense and Ministers will begin to make appearances in the National Assembly from October until November. Some of the Ministers would also need to travel to their wards and make adequate preparations for the Congress,” the former Governor said.