Chief Whip of the Senate and former Governor of Abia State, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, has urged All Progressives Congress (APC) National Executive Committee (NEC) to extend the tenure of the Governor Mai Mala Buni-led APC Caretaker Committee to March 2021.
In a statement by Senator Orji Kalu Media Office signed by Kunle Oyewumi on Monday, the Chief Whip said there was no need for a fire-brigade approach on the December proposed convention.
He said that winning Edo state election was paramount to the party at the moment.
He expressed his worries about the caretaker committee not offering their best due to time constraints.
He said that a majority of the participants would be very busy with their national tasks during the December proposed period.
Kalu noted that National Assembly lawmakers and ministers would be on the budget preparation and defence and would not be in a better position to offer their best to the party.
The statement reads in part: “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 as 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 its attention on Edo State because the Edo State election will determine the strength of any new leadership.”
Kalu disclosed 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.”