- The Senate caucus of the Peoples Democratic Party has nominated Senator Biodun Olujimi as the new Senate minority leader
- Olujimi was nominated to fill the position in order to have a vibrant member from the south-west; and in recognition of the role of women in politics
- Senator Emmanuel Paulker (PDP-Bayelsa Central) will now take over as the Senate deputy minority whip; Olujimi’s previous position
Senator Biodun Olujimi (Ekiti south) has been nominated as the new Senate minority leader by the Senate caucus of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
With the nomination, Olujimi, a former deputy governor of Ekiti state, will replace the former Senator minority leader, Godswill Akpabio, who defected from the PDP to the All Progressives Congress (APC), Vanguard reports.
NAIJ.com gathers that a source reportedly disclosed that upon resumption from its annual recess in September, Olujimi’s name would be announced to the Senate.
The source further disclosed that the PDP caucus decided to nominate Olujimi to fill the position in order to have a vibrant member from the southwest as Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti state would be leaving his position soon, having completed his tenure.
The opposition party also reportedly picked Olujimi, so as to recognise the role of women in the political space.
The position did not go to the south-south because the national chairman of the PDP, Uche Secondus, is from that geopolitical zone. Also, it didn’t go to the southeast as the deputy Senate president, Ike Ekweremadu, is from that zone.
The deputy Senate minority leader, Senator Emmanuel Bwacha (PDP-Taraba south) and the Senate minority whip, Senator Philip Aduda (PDP- FCT) would retain their positions as they are both from the north.
Senator Emmanuel Paulker (PDP-Bayelsa central) will now take over as the Senate deputy minority whip; Olujimi’s previous position.
Recall that NAIJ.com previously reported that Senator Godswill Akpabio resigned from his position as minority leader of the Senate.
The lawmaker resigned in a letter addressed to the Senate deputy minority leader, Emmanuel Bwacha, and the PDP lawmakers.
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