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The Chief Whip of the Senate, Orji Kalu, has again called for the postponement of the national convention of the All Progressives Congress (APC) scheduled for February.

According to Mr Kanu who spoke in Abuja on Tuesday, said the postponement was pertinent to avoid problems for the ruling party.

“I still stand by my words that the APC convention should be postponed,” he said. “As a party we should not cause trouble for ourselves,” he added. 

Although APC has fixed February for the convention, it is yet to select a date.

But the former governor of Abia state explained that the best thing to do was to protect democracy and the party as a whole. 

“I have a lot of respect for our people and they have to give me an alternative view to have a change of mind that what they are saying is real.

“What I am saying is a better atmosphere than what they are saying: I know what I am saying, they might not be seeing what I am seeing,” Mr Kalu said.

“I believe that the best thing to do is to protect democracy and our party, the APC.

Speaking further, he called on the National Executive Committee of the party to establish a president of the Republic and president of the party.

“I want us to adopt the ANC method, where you might be president of Nigeria and not president of the party.

“So, I want us to test run it when President Muhammadu Buhari leaves in 2023, for Buhari to become president of the party and there will be president of the republic,’’ Mr Kalu said.

Mr Kalu had on December 13, 2021, written a letter to the chairman of the APC Caretaker and Extraordinary Convention Planning (CECPC), Governor Mai Mala Buni, calling for the postponement of the convention.

(NAN)

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