While Nigerians were rather engrossed with the drama expected to unfold between lawmakers of the two major opposition parties when they resumed from their annual recess, we forgot to recognise that some senators had assumed new promotions.

During the recess, the former Minority Leader, Godswill Apbabio resigned his position, following the announcement of his defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). 

With his seat vacant, a new person from the list of principal officers in the senate was to be dully assigned to replace Akpabio.

Senator Biodun Olujimi, who was the former Deputy Minority Chief whip, was probably disappointed that she wasn’t given an official recognition on her new position.

But on Wednesday, the Senate leader, Ahmad Lawan in his first speech issued Senators Olujimi and Emmanuel Paulker their deserved accolades.

While congratulating the newly sworn in Senators from Katsina North and Bauchi South senatorial districts, Lawan said, “Mr. President, even though not formally announced, I also want to use this opportunity to congratulate the new Minority Leader of the Senate, Biodun Olujimi. Equally let me congratulate the new Deputy Minority Whip, Emmanuel Paulker.”

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He also spoke on the influx of members from the green chamber into the senate.

One of the sworn Senators, Babba Kaita was a member of the House of Representatives before emerging winner of the bye-election following the death of Senator Mustapha Bukar in April.

Reacting to this development, Lawan said, “Mr President, let me join you in congratulating our new senators who took their oath this morning. We wish them a very fruitful and productive senate life.

“Mr president I can see that the representation and the contribution of the house pf representatives to this senate is significant.

“Today, out of the ten principal officer of this senate, six are originally of the House of Representatives. The two new senators as well.”

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