Abuja - Immediate past governor of Akwa Ibom State and senator representing Akwa Ibom North West, Godswill Akpabio has been announced as the Minority Leader, Vanguard reports.
Senator Emmanuel Bwacha, representing Taraba Central was also announced as the Deputy Minority Leader while Senators Philip Aduda, representing the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, and Biodun Olujimi, representing Ekiti South, emerged as Minority Whip and Deputy Minority Whip , respectively.
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The confirmation of Senator Akpabio by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, did not however, go unchallenged, as the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, speaking through Senator Kabiru Marafa, representing Zamfara South, opposed it, claiming that the approval of the former governor violated the Senate Standing Rule, which according to him, recognizes that only the ranking members were qualified to handle principal offices.
But the PDP senators, through the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, representing Enugu West, raised a point of order, upon which he explained that he and his colleagues did nothing wrong in the nomination of Akpabio to the position.
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- News 24