Senator Olujimi replaces Akpabio as Senate minority leader
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.
A reliable 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.