Orji Kalu, senate chief whip, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari not to go into “full retirement” when he leaves office on May 29.
Kalu spoke to state house correspondents after meeting with Buhari at the presidential villa, Abuja, on Tuesday.
The senator said he asked the president to take over the position of the chairman of the APC board of trustees (BOT) immediately after handing over to the president-elect on May 29.
“The party should bring back our board of trustees or something that looks like it so that Mr. President will be chairman of the board of trustees of the party so that every four or five months, he will come and see how the party is doing,” Kalu said.
“We cannot just leave the party empty. It was done in the young days of the APC so that the president will still be part of the conscience of the party.”
Kalu noted that the APC was faced with serious crises before the general election, adding that Buhari’s interventions saved the ruling party from “going under”.
The senator urged the president not to totally retire from politics.
“We will have somebody to run to when we have problems in the party because it was just God that saved our party. That is the truth,” Kalu said.
“God saved our party because the quarrel inside the party was so much, the rancour was so much. It’s just God that saved this party.
“So, we need a man like President Buhari to be aside. Every three, four months, we will go and drag him from Daura and he will settle party matters. We’ll put him back; he goes back there and continues looking after his cattle and rice, and all the rest of them.”