It has been hours of confusion in the camp of the ruling All Progressive Congress party, over the emergence of PRINCIPAL OFFICERS of the 10th Senate.
Hours after the Senate President Godswill Akpabio announced the new officers, the Chairman of the APC, Abdullahi Adamu, says the list of principal officers did not emerge from the party’s secretariat.
Adamu had noted this at a meeting with the PROGRESSIVES GOVERNORS’ FORUM led by Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State, who later stated that the party will address the “communication gap” between the four most senior NASS leaders and the APC.
The Senate President had announced Senator Opeyemi Bamidele from Ekiti State as Senate Leader, Senator Dave Umahi from Ebonyi State as Deputy Senate Leader, Senator Ali Ndume from Borno State as Chief Whip, and Senator Lola Ashiru from Kwara State as Deputy Chief Whip.
Akpabio had also announced the names of minority principal officers; Senator Simon Davou (Plateau North – PDP, Minority Leader), Oyewunmi Olarere (Osun West – PDP, Deputy Minority Leader), Darlington Nwokeocha (Abia Central – LP, Minority Whip) & Rufai Hanga (Kano Central – NNPP, Deputy Minority Whip).
In a similar fashion in the House of Reps, Tajudeen Abbas announced Julius Ihonvbere (APC – Edo) as House Majority Leader, Halims Abdullahi (APC – Kogi) as Deputy Majority Leader, Bello Kumo (APC – Gombe) as Chief Whip, and Adewunmi Onanuga (APC – Ogun) as Deputy Chief Whip).