Senate Caucus of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has nominated Deputy Minority Whip, Senator Biodun Olujimi (Ekiti South), as the new Senate Minority Leader.

With her appointment, Olujimi, who was deputy governor of Ekiti State, replaces the immediate past Senate Minority Leader and former governor of Akwa Ibom State, Senator Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom North-West).

Olujimi’s name would be made known when the Senate reconvenes in September from its annual recess.

Senator Emmanuel Paulker (PDP, Bayelsa Central) now takes over the position of Olujimi as the Senate Deputy Minority Whip.

It was gathered that the PDP caucus took the decision to have Olujimi, a former member of the House of Representatives, in order to have a vibrant member from the South-West since Governor Ayodele Fayose, who has been very active, will soon round off, having completed his second term in office as governor.

Olujimi was also chosen because the party wants to recognise the contributions of women and she being one of the most active senators, it became imperative for her to take the position.

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The Deputy Senate Minority Leader, Senator Emmanuel Bwacha (PDP, Taraba South) and Senate Minority Whip, Senator Philip Aduda (PDP, FCT) would retain their positions.

It was further gathered that the position of Senate Minority Leader did not return to the South- South because the National Chairman of PDP, Uche Secondus, is from Rivers State.

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