Senate Chief Whip Orji Uzor Kalu on Thursday urged the National Chairman, Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Governor Mai Mala Buni and members of the planning committee to postpone the party’s national convention slated for February.
In a a letter to Mala-Buni, Kalu also urged the party’s national leadership to conduct the presidential primary and election of National Working Committee members simultaneously at the convention.
In the letter titled: “Urgent appeal for postponement of APC National Convention”, he warned that holding the convention in February without resolving pockets of disagreements that trail the congresses of the party may lead to implosion.
Kalu said: “It is with a sense of commitment and unflinching loyalty to our great party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) that I write to you, the content of this letter regarding the National Convention of our party slated for February, 2022.
“It is imperative to commend your sterling leadership qualities in helping to stabilise our great party across the six-geopolitical zones, with high profile defections to the party to your credit as an outstanding party leader.
“I must also commend your peaceful disposition and sense of commitment to the growth of our party which also saw very peaceful congresses across the states.
“However, it is pertinent to note that, some states are embroiled in crisis with multiple factions.
“These factions are not new to our politics, especially since the return of democracy in 1999.
“However, it is important to put into consideration, the consequences of these factions during and after elections.
“It is important to remind you that the ignoble creation of factions in our party in Rivers and Zamfara states cost the party the governorship elections in those states.
“APC also failed to field candidates in some senatorial districts in Cross River State, thereby helping the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to victory.